FCC Tells Retailers to Issue Analog Warning

The FCC in its open meeting Wednesday ordered TV retailers to warn consumers that analog TVs may go dark Feb. 17, 2009.
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The FCC in its open meeting Wednesday ordered TV retailers to warn consumers that analog TVs may go dark Feb. 17, 2009. In a press release, the commission said it adopted an order requiring "retailers to fully inform consumers when TV equipment being sold has only an analog tuner."

The order itself was not available at newsbytes post time. It is said to require retailers to display the following information:

"This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after Feb. 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the commission's digital television Web site at: www.dtv.gov."