FCC moves up date for small TVs to get digital
New, smaller television sets sold in the United States must be capable of receiving digital broadcasts by March 1, 2007, four months earlier than previously planned, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled on Thursday.
Originally the FCC had set July 1, 2007 as the deadline for those television sets with screens of 13 inches to 24 inches to include digital receivers. The agency had proposed earlier this year to move the deadline up to December 31, 2006.
The change comes as U.S. lawmakers are debating whether to set a hard date in 2008 or 2009 for television stations to switch completely to digital broadcasts and cease analog broadcasts.