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Best Buy Jettisons Analog TVs

17 Oct, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

Goodbye analog.

Top consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has pulled all remaining analog TVs off its shelves and will sell only digital TVs from now on. The move comes in anticipation of the Feb. 17, 2009, nationwide switchover from analog to digital for all TV content providers.

Best Buy stores were ordered to stop selling analog TVs at the beginning of the month, the company said. It's the first major electronics retailer to announce digital-only TV sales.

“We are committed to helping people understand the digital television transition, and exiting the analog video business is one way we can help avoid confusion,” stated Mike Vitelli, SVP of electronics for Best Buy. “Customers can now be sure that any television they purchase at Best Buy will be fully compliant with the digital television transition.”

Best Buy also announced it will offer digital-to-analog converter boxes for sale starting in early 2008. Starting Jan. 1, consumers can request two coupons per household worth $40 each from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, good toward the purchase of converter boxes.

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