The History, Science and Politics of Digital TV

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Digital TV Broadcasting

By now you’ve probably heard that TV broadcasting will switch over to digital (DTV) on February 17, 2009. You’ve probably also heard Cassandra-like warnings about everything you’ll need to be prepared for this event. The great likelihood, however, is that you won’t need anything, and that if you do, the effort and cost on your part will be minimal. With the help of a few Web resources, you can find out what, if anything, you need to be prepared.

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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Switching to Digital Broadcasting

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The History, Science and Politics of Digital TV

Ideas for improved broadcast quality and services have been knocking about since the 1980s, but as is always the case, standards had to be established among competing companies. Several good sites document the history and background of digital television technologies.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • There was a great deal of initial resistance to changing the method and technology of over-the-air broadcasting. There is still a certain amount of what technology enthusiasts call FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) being spread about by folks who either don’t understand the issues or are sometimes grandstanding as experts. The prospect of thousands of desperate people unable to watch their daily soaps or Monday night football games has been spread about, just as we were told that everyone's computer would crash in the year 2000. It's not going to happen.

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