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Old 04-13-2008, 05:04 PM
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Wal-Mart, Best Buy and others are hit with nearly $4 million in fines for not properly labeling analog-only televisions.

The Federal Communications Commission just fined Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears and other retailers a combined $3.9 million for not properly labeling analog-only TVs that will need converter boxes after the switch to digital broadcasts in 2009.

According to FCC rules, stores must display or affix a “consumer alert” label to analog-only equipment. The FCC says it warned the companies about the violations and potential fines after conducting inspections of 2,200 stores and 36 web sites last June.

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Old 04-13-2008, 05:07 PM
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God forbid people be held responsible for their own decisions.

I guess the FCC has to come up with some way to pay for all those free converter boxes.
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God forbid people be held responsible for their own decisions.

I guess the FCC has to come up with some way to pay for all those free converter boxes.
It does seem a bit Nanny state.
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Wal-Mart, Best Buy and others are hit with nearly $4 million in fines for not properly labeling analog-only televisions.

The Federal Communications Commission just fined Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears and other retailers a combined $3.9 million for not properly labeling analog-only TVs that will need converter boxes after the switch to digital broadcasts in 2009.

According to FCC rules, stores must display or affix a “consumer alert” label to analog-only equipment. The FCC says it warned the companies about the violations and potential fines after conducting inspections of 2,200 stores and 36 web sites last June.

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Yeah, the "Nanny" part of it is that the FCC warned the companies and was forced to back it up! Obviously they needed their butts powdered and their diapers changed!

I think it's B.S. that these companies weren't labeling properly! Frankly I'm surprised that anyone on a "Highdefdigest" forum would be happy to hear about more Analog televisions being sold than could have been.
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yeah the sad part is when you think about the old ma & pa couples who just dropped $300-$500 on a new tv and now need another component to watch tv........geez they should have known better

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yeah the sad part is when you think about the old ma & pa couples who just dropped $300-$500 on a new tv and now need another component to watch tv........geez they should have known better



Exactly. Since (sarcasm) EVERYONE in the world knows all about DTV and the looming changeover. And anyone who doesn't just isn't doing their research (/sarcasm.)

Yeah, geezers have been watching the same TV technology for a hundred years, but of course they should know better!

Stupid old people.

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I've seen these little "Consumer Alert" labels at a local retailer and I doubt anyone even notices them.
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God forbid people be held responsible for their own decisions.

I guess the FCC has to come up with some way to pay for all those free converter boxes.

It's the law! Which went into affect some time ago.
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Weird, I thought Best buy stopped selling analoge TV's all together months ago.
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Weird, I thought Best buy stopped selling analoge TV's all together months ago.
http://www.twice.com/article/CA6550459.html?nid=2402

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A Best Buy spokesman said that chain “is extremely disappointed that the FCC has chosen this course of action around an issue that is no longer even relevant to our stores.”
Best Buy said it voluntarily pulled all analog-only tuner products from stores on Oct. 1, 2007 in a proactive effort to prevent confusion and to help jump start consumer awareness around the DTV conversion.
The chain pointed out it has been “a leader in helping educate consumers about the analog to digital transition. We were among the first retailers to put signage and brochures in our stores, including Spanish language versions of this material. We have had extensive DTV information available on BestBuy.com as well as our Spanish language Web site. In addition, we have a toll free line, 877-BBY-DTV9, that is set up to give information about the DTV transition and also to allow people to redeem their government coupons and purchase a converter box via phone.”
Best Buy said it has been “in ongoing talks with the FCC on how [it] can continue to help consumers with multi-channel education efforts. We believe the FCC's decision to seek fines in lieu of this dialogue represents a step backward from our mutual goal of fully preparing consumers for the DTV transition.
“The FCC's action today is in response to a relatively small number of instances. Best Buy took immediate action to address every FCC finding and ultimately took the landmark step of fully transitioning to DTV-compatible inventory.”
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