USA mandates HDTV
M. da Cruz
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 16:11:12 +1100
You are missing the point, the Digitisation is not about better
pictures, though the current electronic media would have you believe
that, it is about better utilisation of the spectrum providing for more
There are a few issues here:
a)the value (in terms of alternative services) of the spectrum used for
the current Analogue TV/Radio services.
b)the convenient retention of control over a significant slice of the
spectrum if Analogue Licenses are converted directly to HDTV spectrum
licenses rather than translating to sufficient spectrum for the
broadcast of standard digital TV.
c)the cost and availability of Digital Devices to receive the cable and
terrestrial services. (Apparently, Satellite delivered services are
already digital). Maybe we will all buy a Digital Receiver for our PCs
and select a frequency and decode mode in software.... KCTS a Seattle
based public (US subscriber funded) TV station is already experimenting
with Digital TV. see: http://www.kcts.org/
d)whether licenses should be apparatus related, or simply a right to use
the spectrum as desired. Compare mobile phone broadcasts and datacasting
on the sideband of current TV broadcasts.
By the way, the Australian Radio Frequency Spectrum plan (a 247 page
tome) is currently published by the ACA in draft mode seeking public
Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: (+61) 0414-869202
This without, as far as I can see, any proven consumer benefit
> beyond "it's new, it's digital, the pictures are great." At least colour signals
> were backwards compatible with B&W receivers...
> So just like Americans, we Australians will have the choice of the same old
> crappy content on wonderful new TVs, or no TV at all...