Retail, CE Biz Face DTV Fines

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission released details of more than $6 million in enforcement orders tied to regulations governing the digital TV transition. The FCC issued seven notices for violations of its DTV labeling requirements against Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Target and others. And the agency took aim at Polaroid and Proview Technology for alleged violations of its V-Chip rules. The largest single fine of $1.27 million was levied against manufacturer Syntax-Brillian for digital tuner rule violations.

Intelsat said RRsat Global Communications, a provider of content management and distribution services for the television and radio industries, signed a multi-year contract for use of the Galaxy 25 satellite. RRsat will use the capacity to expand into the North American region, the satellite services company said.

Arianespace said final integration activity has started for its April 18 mission, in which an Ariane 5 will carry a dual payload consisting of Star One C2 and VINASAT-1 on the second mission of the year for the launch services provider. Star One C2 was built by Thales Alenia Space for Brazilian operator Star One. VINASAT-1 is Vietnam's first satellite.