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Publication Number: 218634 Rule Parts: 15B Publication Date: 12/17/2009
Keyword: Section 15.117, TV receiver, NTSC tuners

First Category: Radio Service Rules
Second Category: Part 15 Unintentional Radiators

Question:   Can an ATSC TV receiver without NTSC function be manufactured, marketed and/or imported into the United States under the FCC requirements?

Answer:   No.  A TV receiver must contain both an ATSC and NTSC tuner.  The NTSC requirements of Sections 15.117, 15.118, 15.119, and 15.120 remain in effect as defined in Sections 15.117(a), 15.118(a), 15.119(a), and 15.120(b).  For example, Section 15.117 applies to all TV broadcast receivers shipped in interstate commerce or imported into the United States for sale or resale to the public.

Low power TV stations in the U.S. are permitted to continue broadcasting analog signals after June 2009. Many cable TV systems will also continue to carry analog TV signals.


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