Cops track emergency call to malfunctioning TV

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  1. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    EDTV phone home. Those of you old enough to get that, pat yourselves on the back.

    Why would a TV need the ability to broadcast a signal? :confused:
    http://news.com.com/Cops+track+emer...ning+TV/2100-1041_3-5415719.html?tag=nefd.top
     
  2. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Hahaha!

    Isn't that always the case? Warranty ends and the machine starts acting up or dying.....

    So it might mean he's going to have to pay for a fix or a new tv...or pay $10k

    The nice thing is that its good to know the system works :D

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  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    That $10,000 per day thing seems a little steep for the individual, its not like he's purposely causing it. Shouldn't the manufacturer be responsible for this?
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    If it wasn't working correctly, could it be considered a false distress signal? The t.v. was apparently in distress.

    EDTV = Emergency Dysfunction Tele Vision
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Done and done. :D
     
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe he was watching "Lost" or "Survivor" or something...
     
  7. sonyrules macrumors regular

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    I am assuming that it doesnt matter if its an individual or a company, the fines are the same. Just odd how a TV would tranmitt something, Even more odd that it can transmitt with enough for someone to pick it up from a distance. Maybe theres something with that TV that is not known....
     
  8. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    I thought there are very strick FCC regs that prevent a device like a TV desined to receive signals to not broadcast one.

    And what the hell is a TV doing programmed with an SOS signal?!? I cannot imagine much of a us for a TV to do that - now a cel-phone...

    This is just odd...
     

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