Digital Gains Few Converts Among Retailers
Although as part of the government's plan to switch all TV stations to digital by Feb. 17, 2009, owners of analog-only sets can apply for coupons giving them $40 off on $60 digital-to-analog converters, only two major retailers have agreed to stock the converters, it emerged during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that only two major retailers have agreed to stock the converters -- RadioShack and Best Buy." John Kneuer, head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, which is supervising the transition, said that the NTIA is in talks with 23 retailers about stocking the converters. However, he noted, the current law does not require them to do so. Meanwhile, Best Buy announced Wednesday that it will cease selling analog-only TV sets immediately.