On Buying a New TV

If a FCC commisioner is confused…..





" I am not as sanguine as some that manufacturers and retailers are adequately informing consumers about the capabilities – or lack thereof – of their digital products.  Go into any retail or online store and take a look around.  You’ll find more alphabet soup than a Campbell’s warehouse.  Does an LCD Flat-Panel TV have an over-the-air tuner?  How about an EDTV Widescreen TV?  Maybe an HDTV-Ready DLP?  Hmmm, no way to tell from the name, so let’s say you know enough to go to the fine print.  Suddenly you’re wading through information on lines of resolution, pixel counts, input jacks, viewing angles, response time, and on and on.  But you persevere, and finally, if you’re lucky, you locate the entry for tuners, and it says “NTSC/ATSC/QAM.”  You look around in total desperation for help, wondering why buying a TV suddenly got to be a test you had to cram for."


Basically, finally, Retailers will at least have to state that the analog TVs they are selling will not receive broadcast TV after February 17, 2009.  However as Micheal stated 11 million such tvs were sold last year without a label to unsuspecting buyers.

The government's Digital TV Site


Micheal's complete statement


The FCC Order

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2 Responses to On Buying a New TV

  1. rpennefe says:

    Lordy, that sad. I can imagine how many techno-un-savvy people out there who will be very confused once February 17, 2009 rolls around.
    I will admit, though, that I am one of those techno-un-savvy people. Thank heavens I married a man who loves his electronic "toys".

  2. Lord Kalvan says:

    Even if you are techno-savy, its hard to wade through the rules and specs. From another link on the FCC site I found out that while my analog tuner most likely will work on cable after 2/17/2009, I may not be able to watch the broadcast channels on cable.Funny thing is I have been looking for a NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner.

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