[opendtv] CEA to FCC: Speed up DTV Tuner Requirement

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 May 2005 17:12:31 -0400

The CEA makes the TVs.  If they want to include more ATSC receivers, then 
they can and should simply do so.  Why would the CEA ask the FCC to FORCE 
them to do so?

John Shutt

TV Technology News Bytes
Date posted: 2005-05-06

CEA to FCC: Speed up DTV Tuner Requirement

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is urging the FCC accelerate DTV 
tuner mandate proposed by the FCC latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) on DTV tuners.

Currently, the FCC mandates that 50 percent of TVs in the 25-37-inch size 
range include DTV tuners by July 1, 2005. In its comments to the FCC, the 
CEA supports a requirement that 100 percent of these sets have DTV tuners by 
March 1, 2006. CEA cited "unintended consequences" of the 50 percent 
requirement--that it creates uncertainty in the marketplace and slows the 
production needed to bring prices down, but that a100 percent deadline for 
DTV tuners in 25- to 36-inch TV screens could speed up consumer migration to 

On the flip side, stepping up the tuner mandate schedule could decrease the 
number of TV receivers with ATSC tuners on the market and CEA notes that 
manufacturers who are not sure of a definite deadline might produce monitors 
without over-the-air capabilities.

CEA is promoting education about the digital transition with the several Web 
sites, such as antennaweb and www.ce.org/hdtv . 

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