[opendtv] Analog TV nears sign off as DTV mandate approaches

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 11:28:47 -0500

The excitement is palpable ...


Analog TV nears sign off as DTV mandate approaches

George Leopold
(02/27/2007 4:27 PM EST)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197009202

WASHINGTON - U.S. retailers will be taking analog TVs off their shelves
at midnight Wednesday (Feb. 28) when a government mandate takes effect
requiring all TVs sold in the U.S. to include a digital TV tuner.

The March 1 deadline is part of the U.S. digital TV transition that
began in earnest last March when a Federal Communications Commission
mandate took effect requiring that all TV sets 25 inches or larger must
include a digital tuner compliant with the Advanced Television Systems
Committee's DTV standard.

The next major deadline in the transition is Feb. 17, 2009, when the
U.S. ends analog broadcasts and shifts to all-digital over-the-air

Congress approved legislation last year setting the 2009 deadline and
creating a $990 million subsidy program to provide eligible U.S.
households with digital-to-analog converter boxes.

At least one market researcher has predicted chaos during the U.S.
digital TV transition if details of the converter-box subsidy scheme
aren't work out in time.

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