NAB Wants Sooner DTV-Tuner Mandate


The National Association of Broadcasters is urging the Federal Communications Commission to accelerate mandates for inclusion of over-the-air digital tuners in new TV sets.

Current FCC rules require DTV in all but the smallest sets by July 2007. In comments filed Wednesday, NAB asked the FCC to move it back to “late 2006.”

NAB also asked the FCC to end the tuner mandate exemption for sets with screens under 13 inches.

“Consumers of small sets should not be forced to purchase analog-only receiving equipment,” NAB said.

In opposition, the Consumer Electronics Association has told the FCC that accelerating the DTV tuner mandate would impose costs on low-income consumers and slow the transition to digital-only broadcasting.