FCC mandates analog TV warning labelsApril 26th, 2007
The FCC will require labeling of analog-only TV sets, warning consumers of the demise of analog broadcasts after February 17, 2009. The commission’s unanimous action comes after some stores—including the largest consumer-electronics chain, Best Buy—ignored voluntary labeling efforts advocated by industry groups.
The FCC’s delay in mandating labels accomplished something, though: It gave retailers time to clear out their inventory of old-style TVs, Digital TV Primer notes:
So what we have is the FCC acting a couple of years too late after realizing they had been snookered by TV industry promises that they would label voluntarily. Yeah, right!
Here’s how the signage will read:
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.