White spaces: LG, Samsung voice DTV reception fears

August 17th, 2007

Four consumer electronics companies are fighting an FCC proposal to allow personal or portable “white space” devices to share digital TV spectrum. DTV reception is threatened by the wireless broadband devices, the manufacturers maintain.

LG, Samsung, Hitachi and Panasonic are registering their opposition with the FCC at the urging of the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV), according to TWICE.

The manufacturers’ statement said “digital television will be impaired if unlicensed devices fail to properly detect and protect a DTV station’s channel, or if they operate on a station’s first adjacent channel.”

MSTV lobbies on spectrum issues for television broadcasters.

Companies that market digital TVs and converter boxes are appropriately nervous. If white-space devices hinder television reception, they can expect to be on the receiving end of consumer complaints. Among the rival consumer electronics manufacturers not joining in the protest is Philips (selling television receivers under the Philips and Magnavox brands), which has developed a prototype white-space device.

At cnet, Marguerite Reardon examines the white-space debate. The Washington Post also weighs in with an editorial.

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