HDTV Jan 1, 2006

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Greg_M, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Greg_M

    Greg_M Screenwriter

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    Don't know if this has been asked (if it has - I'm sorry)


    Once the networks switch to HDTV come January 1, 2006, will they still broadcast in the standard format? I was told the networks won't be able broadcast in both formats due to limited band frequency. I find this hard to believe since many stations are already broadcasting in both formats now.

    Anyone know?
     
  2. Garrett Adams

    Garrett Adams Supporting Actor

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    Running both formats costs a lot more money. Once analog is phased out stations having upper VHF analog channels will transfer their digital signal to those channels. The electricity cost of broadcasting on a high UHF channel is significantly higher than on VHF. If I recall correctly something like a 4:1 or 5:1 difference. Who wouldn't prefer paying $10,000/mo. instead of $40-50,000/mo.
     
  3. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    1. The switch is to digital, not HD. It may be HD at the broadcasters discretion, but is not required.

    2. The 2006 deadline is currently postponed until further notcie (and has been for awhile now).
     

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