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FCC Pushing Switch to Digital TV
Posted 06 April 2002 - 11:59 PM
The comments from Ken Ferree, chief of the media bureau at the FCC, added emphasis to a proposal by the agency's chairman that aims to bring digital TV to more American viewers.
FCC Chairman Michael Powell challenged everyone involved — television networks, local network-affiliated stations, cable and satellite service providers and equipment manufacturers — to voluntarily meet a series of goals on the way to a 2006 deadline.
Powell hopes that exposing more consumers to the technology, which allows for crisper pictures, higher sound quality, interactive capability and simultaneous programming on the same channel, will inspire them to demand more and thus jump-start digital TV development.
Posted 24 April 2002 - 02:31 PM
I suspect we'll see this a lot across the country, just making do with the minimum expense (and probably sell the bandwidth they're not using).
Another reason I'm glad I went with a 4x3 Sony. I'll be ready for a giant plasma screen by the time HD actually takes off and becomes really viable (at least 4 years, IMHO).
And Chairman Powell is just an industry lapdog wanker. He'll cave to whomever has the money.
Posted 24 April 2002 - 05:28 PM
Even with the merged assets of E* and D*, Charlie promises only 12 HD channels (after giving all the local-into-locals). The satellite capacity required to provide even all current stations in HDTV is beyond anything I've heard discussed. Cable companies are in the same situation.
While some programming material would benefit from HDTV (sports comes so mind), a lot of programs are just fine in standard definition. Virtually all the archived material is standard definition (such as the old sitcoms we all claim not to watch).
Most other innovations that improved our entertainment experience (CD's and DVD's) took off like wildfire. I believe this one won't share their fate.
For good reason, I never criticize someone until I've walked a mile in their shoes. If they don't like what I say, what're they gonna' do? I'm a mile away. And they have no shoes!