February 17, 2009 might be known as the day the airwaves died, at least for people unprepared for the switch to digital TV. Britain has already leaded ahead in this respect with the first analog signal going down for a dirt nap last Tuesday. Now Best Buy starts blazing a trail by eliminating its entire stock of analog TVs that won't be able to pick up over-the-air signals when the switch occurs. Stores still carrying older sets have been under intense FCC scrutiny lately for failing to comply with labeling requirements that have been in place since May. If you're still hanging onto that old analog set (like I am), don't fret. Uncle Sam will give you some coupons for converter boxes and cable systems will be required to support analog sets through 2012.
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