If a FCC commisioner is confused…..
COMMISSIONER MICHAEL J. COPPS
" 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