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FCC Part 15 Radio Frequency Devices
Section 15.123

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the authority in the United States of America that creates and enforces the use of airwaves throughout the entire radio frequency spectrum. This group of documents contains the entirety of the FCC Part 15 regulations that concern unlicensed radio frequency devices. As with all government documents, this material is in the public domain and may be freely copied so long as the content is not changed. This copy is provided as a convenience for RF Cafe visitors. 

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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 47, Volume 1]
[Revised as of October 1, 2008]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 47CFR15.123]
[Page 799-801]
 
                       TITLE 47--TELECOMMUNICATION
 
              CHAPTER I--FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
 
PART 15_RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES--Table of Contents
 
                    Subpart B_Unintentional Radiators
 
Sec. 15.123  Labeling of digital cable ready products.
    (a) The requirements of this section shall apply to unidirectional 
digital cable products. Unidirectional digital cable products are one-
way devices that accept a Point of Deployment module (POD) and which 
include, but are not limited to televisions, set-top-boxes and recording 
devices connected to digital cable systems. Unidirectional digital cable 
products do not include interactive two-way digital television products.
    (b) A unidirectional digital cable product may not be labeled with 
or marketed using the term ``digital cable ready,'' or other terminology 
that describes the device as ``cable ready'' or ``cable compatible,'' or 
otherwise indicates that the device accepts a POD or conveys the 
impression that the device is compatible with digital cable service 
unless it implements at a minimum the following features:
    (1) Tunes NTSC analog channels transmitted in-the-clear.
    (2) Tunes digital channels that are transmitted in compliance with 
SCTE 40 2003 (formerly DVS 313): ``Digital Cable Network Interface 
Standard'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38), provided, 
however, that with respect to Table B.11 of that standard, the phase 
noise requirement shall be -86 dB/Hz including both in-the-clear 
channels and channels that are subject to conditional access.
    (3) Allows navigation of channels based on channel information 
(virtual channel map and source names) provided through the cable system 
in compliance with ANSI/SCTE 65 2002 (formerly DVS 234): ``Service 
Information Delivered Out-of-Band for Digital Cable Television'' 
(incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38), and/or PSIP-enabled 
navigation (ANSI/SCTE 54 2003 (formerly DVS 241): ``Digital Video 
Service Multiplex and Transport System Standard for Cable Television'' 
(incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38)).
    (4) Includes the POD-Host Interface specified in SCTE 28 2003 
(formerly DVS 295): ``Host-POD Interface Standard'' (incorporated by 
reference, see Sec. 15.38), and SCTE 41 2003 (formerly DVS 301): ``POD 
Copy Protection System'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38), 
or implementation of a more advanced POD-Host Interface based on 
successor standards. Support for Internet protocol flows is not 
required.
    (5) Responds to emergency alerts that are transmitted in compliance 
with ANSI/SCTE 54 2003 (formerly DVS 241): ``Digital Video Service 
Multiplex and Transport System Standard for Cable Television'' 
(incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38).
    (6) In addition to the requirements of paragraphs (b)(1) through (5) 
of this section, a unidirectional digital cable television may not be 
labeled or marketed as digital cable ready or with other terminology as 
described in paragraph (b) of this section, unless it includes a DTV 
broadcast tuner as set forth in Sec. 15.117(i) and employs at least one 
specified interface in accordance with the following schedule:
    (i) For 480p grade unidirectional digital cable televisions, either 
a DVI/HDCP, HDMI/HDCP, or 480p Y,Pb,Pr interface:
    (A) Models with screen sizes 36 inches and above: 50% of a 
manufacturer's or importer's models manufactured or imported after July 
1, 2004; 100% of such
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models manufactured or imported after July 1, 2005.
    (B) Models with screen sizes 32 to 35 inches: 50% of a 
manufacturer's or importer's models manufactured or imported after July 
1, 2005; 100% of such models manufactured or imported after July 1, 
2006.
    (ii) For 720p/1080i grade unidirectional digital cable televisions, 
either a DVI/HDCP or HDMI/HDCP interface:
    (A) Models with screen sizes 36 inches and above: 50% of a 
manufacturer's or importer's models manufactured or imported after July 
1, 2004; 100% of such models manufactured or imported after July 1, 
2005.
    (B) Models with screen sizes 25 to 35 inches: 50% of a 
manufacturer's or importer's models manufactured or imported after July 
1, 2005; 100% of such models manufactured or imported after July l, 
2006.
    (C) Models with screen sizes 13 to 24 inches: 100% of a 
manufacturer's or importer's models manufactured or imported after July 
1, 2007.
    (c) Before a manufacturer's or importer's first unidirectional 
digital cable product may be labeled or marketed as digital cable ready 
or with other terminology as described in paragraph (b) of this section, 
the manufacturer or importer shall verify the device as follows:
    (1) The manufacturer or importer shall have a sample of its first 
model of a unidirectional digital cable product tested to show 
compliance with the procedures set forth in Uni-Dir-PICS-I01-030903: 
``Uni-Directional Receiving Device: Conformance Checklist: PICS 
Proforma'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38) at a qualified 
test facility. The manufacturer or importer shall have any modifications 
to the product to correct failures of the procedures in Uni-Dir-PICS-
I01-030903: ``Uni-Directional Receiving Device: Conformance Checklist: 
PICS Proforma'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38) retested at 
a qualified test facility.
    (2) A qualified test facility is a facility representing cable 
television system operators serving a majority of the cable television 
subscribers in the United States or an independent laboratory with 
personnel knowledgeable with respect to the standards referenced in 
paragraph (b) of this section concerning the procedures set forth in 
Uni-Dir-PICS-I01-030903: ``Uni-Directional Receiving Device: Conformance 
Checklist: PICS Proforma'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38).
    (3) Subsequent to the testing of its initial unidirectional digital 
cable product model, a manufacturer or importer is not required to have 
other models of unidirectional digital cable products tested at a 
qualified test facility for compliance with the procedures of Uni-Dir-
PICS-I01-030903: ``Uni-Directional Receiving Device: Conformance 
Checklist: PICS Proforma'' (incorporated by reference, see Sec. 15.38). 
However, the manufacturer or importer shall ensure that all subsequent 
models of unidirectional digital cable products comply with the 
procedures in the Uni-Dir-PICS-I01-030903: ``Uni-Directional Receiving 
Device: Conformance Checklist: PICS Proforma'' (incorporated by 
reference, see Sec. 15.38) and all other applicable rules and 
standards. The manufacturer or importer shall maintain records 
indicating such compliance in accordance with the verification procedure 
requirements in part 2, subpart J of this chapter. The manufacturer or 
importer shall further submit documentation verifying compliance with 
the procedures in the Uni-Dir-PICS-I01-030903: ``Uni-Directional 
Receiving Device: Conformance Checklist: PICS Proforma'' (incorporated 
by reference, see Sec. 15.38) to a facility representing cable 
television system operators serving a majority of the cable television 
subscribers in the United States.
    (d) Manufacturers and importers shall provide in appropriate post-
sale material that describes the features and functionality of the 
product, such as the owner's guide, the following language: ``This 
digital television is capable of receiving analog basic, digital basic 
and digital premium cable television programming by direct connection to 
a cable system providing such programming. A security card provided by 
your cable operator is required to view encrypted digital programming.
[[Page 801]]
Certain advanced and interactive digital cable services such as video-
on-demand, a cable operator's enhanced program guide and data-enhanced 
television services may require the use of a set-top box. For more 
information call your local cable operator.''
[68 FR 66733, Nov. 28, 2003]



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