LG Weighs in on Analog-to-Digital Conversion
LG Electronics filed comments this week with the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the mandatory analog-to-digital conversion of television signals to take place by February 18, 2009. Specifically the corporations had suggestions regarding a coupon program that would help subsidize consumers’ purchase of converter boxes that would be necessary to read the new digital signals on old analog sets.
LG urged the NTIA to expand the eligibility requirements for the coupons to include analog households with cable-top boxes (as opposed to limiting them to those without, as they currently stand). They also wanted leeway to include “no frills” features, such as electronic program guides, in eligible boxes. LG also proposed minimum performance requirements and energy efficiency standards for the boxes while suggesting additional steps, such as clearly identifying eligible box models on the coupons themselves, to clarify all aspects of the program to consumers.
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