Looks Like FCC pushing forward HDTV

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by pradike, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. pradike

    pradike Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 22, 2003
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    Today, the FCC got court concurrence that they can continue to push forward with their plans for an HDTV mandate in the next few years. Here are the specifics. This can only help motivate HDTV content providers to comply:

    Dow Jones Business News
    Court Upholds FCC Mandate for Digital Tuners in TV Sets
    Tuesday October 28, 12:55 pm ET
    By Mark Wigfield


    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a government mandate that new television sets should be equipped with a digital tuner starting in 2004.
    The Federal Communications Commission "is not crying wolf" when it found that a "logjam was blocking development of digital television," wrote Judge John G. Roberts for the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    "Widespread ability among consumers to receive DTV signals is a prerequisite to meeting Congress' 2006 target date for the completion of DTV conversion and the cessation of analog broadcasting," Judge Roberts wrote.

    The mandate had been challenged by the Consumer Electronics Association, or CEA, whose members include manufacturers like Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE - News) , Toshiba Corp. and Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. (NYSE:MC - News)

    "We are obviously going to follow the letter of the law," said Jenny Miller, CEA spokeswoman. "At this point, all eyes should be turned on the broadcasters now that consumers will have the tuning capability in their television sets. They're going to want something to watch." Ms. Miller said the association hasn't yet ruled out an appeal.

    The group estimates the cost to consumers to average $250 per set, a figure contested by the National Association of Broadcasters (News - Websites) , which supports the mandate. The NAB has said consumers will see no price increase given the rapid drop in prices of digital TV sets.

    NAB President Eddie Fritts said, "The court's decision today upholding the FCC's DTV tuner requirement is a milestone towards completing the DTV transition. Consumers buying TV sets will know that the receivers they buy will continue to receive all broadcast signals, even as broadcasting changes to digital."

    FCC Chairman Michael Powell "and the FCC deserve congratulations for their strong leadership in advancing the digital transition," Mr. Fritts said.

    The CEA says only 13% of viewers receive television over the air using an antenna. The FCC has already endorsed a digital equipment standard reached between electronics manufacturers and the cable industry.

    Congress in 1997 provided broadcasters with extra spectrum to make the transition to digital television. The much-sought spectrum was to be returned to the government by 2006.

    The deadline is expected to be delayed, however, by a provision that allows the FCC to grant television stations an exception if 15% or more of the television households in a market can't receive digital programming from cable, satellite or over the air.

    -By Mark Wigfield, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-828-3397; [email protected]
     
  2. JustinCleveland

    JustinCleveland Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    2,059
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Madison, WI
    Real Name:
    Justin Cleveland
    You're confusing HDTV and digital signal. The two are not synonomous.
     
  3. pradike

    pradike Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 22, 2003
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    0
    No confusion here.

    A DTV signal requires much of the same investment as HDTV from the major content providers, and with the advent of HDTV market and programming growth, the results will be almost parallel.

    ESPN is investing $40 Million in their new control HDTV control facility alone, Turner networks is completing $5 Million in HDTV control room upgrades, and there are many times those amounts being invested at FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS - all 720p or 1080i HDTV, not just DTV. This doesn't even include the several hundred million dollars of new HDTV (not just DTV) satellite investments by D*TV and Dish.

    If you visit any Home Theater or Consumer electronics store that sells TVs/monitors, you'll see that their inventories over the past 90 days have drastically migrated in favor of HDTV ready and integrated HDTV units. There is a reason for this, and the mandate affirms it and strongly encourages it. They are virtually congruent initiatives.
     
  4. Michael St. Clair

    Joined:
    May 3, 1999
    Messages:
    6,001
    Likes Received:
    0
     

Share This Page