• From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 12:40:42 -0400

Amazing what a difference a date certain makes. IMO, this should have
bee the case during the entire transition period, rather than just at
the bitter end.



April 25, 2007

FCC Requires Retailers to Fully Inform Consumers About Analog TV
Equipment Limitations as Transition to Digital Approaches

Consumer Alert Should be Visibly Posted if TV only has Analog Tuner;
Transition Occurs February 17, 2009

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") today
adopted an order requiring retailers to fully inform consumers when TV
equipment being sold has only an analog tuner.

Today's action reflects the Commission's commitment to minimize the
burden on consumers and maximize the opportunities offered to them by
the digital transition.

The Commission's DTV tuner rule prohibits the manufacture, import, or
interstate shipment of any device containing an analog tuner, unless it
also contains a digital tuner. Despite this prohibition on manufacture
and shipment, retailers may continue to sell analog-only devices from
existing inventory. However, at the point of sale, many consumers are
not aware that this equipment will not be able to receive
over-the-air-television signals after February 17, 2009.

The Order adopts a rule requiring sellers to more fully inform consumers
by displaying the following text if they are selling TV equipment with
only an analog broadcast tuner:

Consumer Alert

This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will
require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air
broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital
broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with
cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and
similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications
Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the
Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov.

Action by the Commission, April 25, 2007, by Second Report and Order
(FCC 07-69). Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and
McDowell. Separate Statements Issued by Chairman Martin, Commissioners
Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.

Media Bureau Staff Contact: Andrew Long at (202) 418-7200.
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