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October 17, 2007

Best Buy Says Goodbye to Analog TV

By Stefania Viscusi, TMCnet Assistant Editor

As the conversion to all digital broadcasting nears, consumer electronics retailer Best Buy has officially said goodbye to analog TV's by pulling all remaining analog television products from store shelves.
 
Stores were officially instructed to stop selling these products on October 1, 2007.
 
DTV, where broadcasting and receiving is transmitted via a digital signal uses smaller bandwidth, offers better image and audio quality, as well as improved reception when compared to analog.
 
Best Buy has also announced the role it will play in helping consumers make a smooth transition to digital television (DTV) and will offer support by participating in programs like the NTIA DTV Converter Box Coupon Program.
 
This program will make it possible for all US households to request electronic coupons to be used toward the purchase of eligible digital-to-analog converter boxes.
 
These converter boxes with coupon will be available in early 2008.
 
Best Buy has not yet announced a rollout date for the boxes in stores.
 
"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," said Mike Vitelli, senior vice president of electronics for Best Buy in a statement.



 
"Customers can now be sure that any television they purchase at Best Buy will be fully compliant with the digital television transition. And for customers who aren't in the market for a new television, we can help you find the best solution to meet your needs."
The retailer has also been offering information on DTV in-store and online since 2006 and their home theater specialists have been trained to answer questions and help customers figure out the best way to comply with the DTV transition.
 
 

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