Warning: Get Yo’ Self a New TV
As HDTV becomes a reality, the reality of being forgotten in time by DTV will become apparent to those couch potatoes who buy analog only TV’s. Always vigilant against consumer terror, US Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas), Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois), and Fred Upton (R-Michigan) have proposed a Surgeon General style sticker. “This television is obsolete,” will be featured prominently at the center of a new warning label. The goal? Prevent consumers from being duped by commission happy Circuit City employees and their ilk.
As pictured above, the label states, “This TV has only analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after Feb. 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts.” I like the bomb icon, it has an “Amber Alert” quality to it.
And if this does seem a bit “over the top,” consider that federal statutes mandate the cessation of standard analog band broadcasting (though no later than 4/2009). This means, for many, getting a new TV (or converter box), or subscribing to Reader’s Digest. Although, there are some controls in place. Currently, manufacturers are banned from producing analog only 25″ or larger TV’s. And beginning in March, that requirement will extend to all sets larger than 13″, as well as to VCRs.
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