[opendtv] NTSC TVs still for sale at Best Buy

  • From: "Stephen W. Long" <longsw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 17:40:11 -0500

I visited my local Best Buy today and found many LCD TVs for sale that only
have NTSC receive capabilities.  Some items were marked as Monitors, so
there is truth in advertising.  Many sets had the language TV or EDTV in
their name, and some had no receivers at all, many had NTSC only receivers.
I skipped over the clueless sales staff and asked for the store manager, and
asked if she knew that all "TVs" were supposed to have digital receivers.
The manager had no clue about what I was talking about.

For my edification, would the experts on this list outline the EXACT rules
for TVs sold in America, starting yesterday, 1 March 2007.  Also, are there
any requirements for retailers to notify buyers (consumers) that the TVs
they sell will not be able to receive OTA signals?  What are the exact
sources of such rules, so such sources can be cited in letters to Best Buy,

I can accept the fact that retailers are allowed to sell any existing analog
only inventory, but I feel they should (must?) notify consumers that the
sets will only receive OTA signals for ~11 more months.

Do we consumers have recourse, like to ask US prosecutors to enforce the US
Laws in this matter?  Can anyone spell Class Action Lawsuits for all the
analog TV sets sold after 1 March 2007 for which consumers were not warned
that the sets are obsolete?

Stephen Long

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