FCC: Retailers Must Label Analog TVs
In preparation for the analog/digital transition in February of 2009, retailers that sell televisions must make disclosures to their customers if the TVs are not digitally compliant, the Federal Communications Commission ruled last week.
It is already FCC policy that all new TVs manufactured or shipped must be capable of receiving the digital signals; the new ruling covers sets that are already in existing inventory. In addition, the Commerce Department issued a rule in March that all U.S. households are entitled to a pair of $40 vouchers towards the purchase of set-top boxes, so that their analog televisions may receive digital signals. There are as of now no such converters on the market, but RCA, LG and Samsung have all announced plans to develop them.
The FCC order goes into effect May 25. The CEA’s Jason Oxman told the AP that the group’s membership “is prepared to abide by” the rule.