The FCC handed down $3.9 million in fines to big-box stores for not telling customers that analog TVs will have to be retrofitted with a digital converter box next year. Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other mega retailers were required, but failed, to affix a consumer alert on all analog TVs they sell. The alerts warn consumers the analog TVs won't receive signals after Feb. 17, 2009, when television broadcasts are finally switched over to all-digital, according to AP. Sears was "surprised." Best Buy was "extremely disappointed." Wal-Mart has "voluntarily invested millions of dollars in new technology, training, new product and consumer education" for the transition.
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