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 Apr 25, 2005 - 03:00 PM - by Michael
* The Death of Analog TV

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MSNBC's got a look at the upcoming end of Analog TV in the States. It's coming a lot quicker than we thought, and HDTV adoption has been far slower than anticipated.

Will it happen?

Back when the legislation was written, New Year?s Eve 2006 probably looked as safely distant as the dark side of the moon. But now that date is right around the corner and Congress and the FCC are struggling mightily to figure out what to do.
One drawback to the U.S. version of HDTV was that to make it work, all broadcast television (not just high-definition) would have to convert to digital, meaning that every American television set manufactured since 1946 would be rendered obsolete. To ease the transition, Congress generously gave all television broadcasters additional channel space so that they could keep broadcasting their analog signals while they installed and launched their digital channels. The deal was that they would give up their old channels when the transition was done. That part worked: Over 1400 broadcasters now transmit in digital as well as analog, reaching 99 percent of the U.S. television market.

During the same period consumers were supposed to buy digital television receivers. That part didn't work.
I've got an HDTV set, but not a receiver because I run on Cable. This is going to be highly interesting.

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