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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Michael*K, Aug 8, 2002.
FCC Orders Switch to Digital TV
All TVs mandated to have digital tuners by 2007
I'm surprised how strict the government is getting with this conversion. I also don't see what would be wrong with having the tuner as an option, since many won't be using it (getting their signals through a box).
I like it. There's no reason for not doing it in my opinion. I think by now they can do it for a reasonable price. This will get more hi-def tvs into consumer's homes, which means faster progression of hi-def DVD.
They need to amend the order with All cable/DBS companies MUST carry ALL digital channels by 2005
Digital tuners do not automatically mean Hi-Def. Heck, Fox is digital, with no Hi-Def in sight. A set with a digital tuner can downconvert HD signals. I dunno what the cost difference is for the other pieces like the tube and so forth to produce 1080i instead of 480i, but if it's just the tuner that must support digital, then the cost will be lower. I was also perplexed by this statement:
Well Ken, that's what they mean. They even made reference to hi-def in the article. The tuners are first to be applied to al 36" and larger TVs. Then, over the next 3 years, all tvs are to be converted. This is the statement that I think is right on the money.
Rush Limbaugh talked briefly today about this.
Below is a link to the text of his comments along with an audio link (Windows media player) to the broadcasted comments.
It'd be nice if they put a ban on onscreen logos!
CNET - FCC Pushes Digital TV Adoption (and anti-recording flags that would "permit consumers to record broadcasts only in lower-quality analog or encrypted digital formats.")
This doesn't look good either for home recording rights (Supreme Court Betamax ruling? What Betamax ruling?), or for people who have bought HDTV-ready sets with unencrypted analog component inputs.
If it doesn't extend to cable, it doesn't mean much. It would suck for those like myself who have a "digital ready" TV if it isn't compatable. It could mean going after the manufacturers for a fix. As for the recording flags, to my knowledge there was nothing in the Betamax ruling that said the right to timeshift meant it had to be in the highest possible quality.
I don't support this move (being from Canada even ) for many of the same reasons the CEA lays out in the following press release:
Here's a couple of excerpts:
I think anything, no matter how small, that helps to move the transition forward is a good thing.
Two out of the three factions in the TV industry now have FCC mandated timetables for digital TV. The cable industry is the third and I think they're long overdue some regulatory pimpslapping.
Toss the digital tuners. Just demand that a certain percentage of monitors (computer monitors) and televisions are 6:9 shaped. Microsoft should be asked to support that shape monitor, if their new operating systems do not already have that feature.
Is their anyone(that has influence w/congress) to have them include Cable companies??? ps-Excuse my ignorance. But, how is this affect Dish Network or Directv??
Unfortunately, these required tuners will not tune QAM (the de facto modulation standard) SD and HD digital cable.
I agree that the first thing that needs to be done is to force cable companies to carry DTV channels. If that happens, there won't have to be a special requirement on manufacturers, people will start asking for TV's that can show them the new programming. It's in the content side where things like these really begin, IMO. /Mike