FCC fines stores over TV labeling

FCC fines stores over TV labeling

Summary: 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.

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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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  • What they said and what it means...

    Sears was ?surprised.? (Blah!)

    Best Buy was ?extremely disappointed.? (Blah!

    Wal-Mart has ?voluntarily invested millions of dollars in new technology, training, new product and consumer education? for the transition. (Blah! Blah! Blah!)

    Grand total? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!
    MGP2
  • RE: FCC fines stores over TV labeling

    I thought that the sale of Analog TVs without ATSC tuners built-in was outlawed as of March 2007. If they are still on store shelves, labeling isn't the issue -- and a full refund to all these customers is in order. Shame on them!
    M Wagner
    • No. That's Just for TV's Entering the US, Not For TV's Sold

      You are correct as far as there being a March, 2007 mandate for televisions having ATSC Digital Tuners (as you can see after the 3rd arrow below, but in the paragraph following that, it shows that devices manufactured before these dates can still be sold without a built-in ATSC DTV tuner.

      [Note: Following Info obtained from:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATSC_tuner
      (Scroll down to "U.S Government mandates")]

      U.S Government mandates:

      The FCC has issued the following mandates for devices entering the US:[1][2][3]

      ->By July 1, 2005 all televisions with screen sizes over 36" must include a built-in ATSC DTV tuner

      ->By March 1, 2006 all televisions with screen sizes over 25" must include a built-in ATSC DTV tuner

      ->By March 1, 2007 all televisions regardless of screen size, and all interface devices which include a tuner (VCR, DVD player/recorder, DVR) must include a built-in ATSC DTV tuner.

      It should be noted that devices manufactured before these dates can still be sold without a built-in ATSC DTV tuner.

      The current regulations are specified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).[4]
      dmb3777
  • Re: What the Stores Said

    I guess being a big box store means never having to say you are sorry.
    greybeardtechie
  • RE: FCC fines stores over TV labeling

    I'm not at all surprised that the Big Box stores reacted that way. I'm a little surprised that the FCC bothered to fine them. Not that I mind them being fined, it simply seems out of character for the FCC of this decade. What's going on here?
    bernalillo
  • I am Tech Savy and Mad as Hell!!

    I still haven't received my coupon and when I go into the big box stores they have one set digital to analog set top box to choose from for $60 and one digital to digital tuner to choose from for $180! They are all still selling combo DVD/VCR and DVD recorders with NTSC or no tuner at all. I don't think even the direct tv/dish decoders are ATSC. It so frustrating because the quality of 1080i is leaps and bounds better than sdtv. The FCC should have pushed the studios earlier this decade to upgrade!
    ezinner
  • RE: FCC fines stores over TV labeling

    I have been waiting since the New year for my 2 Govt. Dtv convertor coupons they keep saying they are in the mail but they never seem to get here. The FCC are the screw ups.
    msowajr
  • RE: FCC fines stores over TV labeling

    I have been waiting since the New Year for my 2 Govt.Dtv box coupons they keep saying they are in the mail but they never seem to get here. The FCC are the screw ups.
    msowajr
  • RE: FCC fines stores over TV labeling

    I was going to order coupon for a discount on converter box, and its only good for 3 months, im waiting!
    glstorck9
    • Coupon for converter box

      So how do we get the coupon for the converter?

      And is this how they are going to utelize the fine (by issuing
      short-term coupons to the purchasers of analog tv's) ?
      kbh73
      • here you go

        www.dtv.gov
        1g2j
        • i forgot

          I forgot the 2009. Her's the correct link. https://www.dtv2009.gov/
          1g2j