FCC fines retailers, manufacturers $6.6 million for violating digital TV rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are handing retailers and manufacturers more than $6.5 million in fines combined for violating rules on digital TV.

Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and other retailers have been fined just shy of $4 million for not properly labeling analog-only TVs with notices that they'll need to be retrofitted after the switch to digital TV next year.

The Federal Communications Commission also fined other companies to the tune of more than $2.5 million for violating other digital TV rules that involve shipping analog equipment and blocking technologies such as the V-chip.

The FCC says that before issuing the fines, it had given the companies reasonable opportunity to respond to warnings about the violations.