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Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said cable's commitment to delivering HDTV programming will present new business opportunities for MSOs.

Last week, top cable operators committed to providing a slate of HDTV programming beginning next year. Powell, addressing attendees at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's convention in New Orleans Tuesday, said HDTV presents "an enormous opportunity for cable, as well as for anyone who hopes to be accessing consumers in their home with the products of the future."

Powell added, "You want high-definition television. Everybody wants it because the digital revolution is genuine and real."

The FCC chairman also said there is consumer demand for new digital TV products. "When I go into Circuit City, nobody is standing there staring at the 13-inch black-and-white," he said. "They are all in that really dark room with the big ones. And if they are not buying it, they are wishing they could buy it."

Earlier in the week, NCTA President Robert Sachs told convention attendees that the commitment by the 10 largest MSOs to offer up to five HDTV channels "will only bolster cable's competitiveness and value proposition to consumers.

"HDTV is key not only to the broadcasters' digital TV transition but to our future as well," he said. "One only has to walk through the TV department at Best Buy or Circuit City to see the home of the future."

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