Rejoice, all those annoying in-car TV’s may go dark in 2006!

February 18, 2005

hdtvNo probably not, but one could hope. But analog television as we know it will come to an end, one day… That day however is either right around the corner or toward the end of the decade depending on who you ask. Apparently the house is hard at work trying to speed the transition to digital television, which frees up valuable frequencies that can be resold by the government. On the other side of the fence are potentially more realistic lawmakers who understand that this could put a strain on some broadcasters and cable systems (heck I’m all for putting strain on cable systems) that have to find alternate methods of delivering programming to those who aren’t in any hurry to ‘switch’.

In all honesty the cable systems have nothing to worry about as their transmission is a closed loop, and they can offer whatever output on their boxes they wish (within reason). It’s only the holdouts still receiving their television signals via the air that might ever go dark. Ah but there again, there is a safety mechanism for that as well, as it turns out the switchover to full digital television transmission in the United States has a clause, that allows for a pushback of terminating analog TV broadcasts until (get this) 85 percent of homes in a market can receive digital TV.

Now if my clients are any sample of the population at large (admittedly they aren’t, as they’ve already shown an interest in high end services) I think it’s safe to say analog television broadcasts will continue long after 2006. Many of our customers who maintain older televisions, not capable of receiving digital broadcasts (without an adaptor) receive their HDTV through pay services only, as their too far from local transmitters to receive adequate signal strength for off-air hi-def.

I for one, look forward to the change-over to full DTV, but obviously I recognize this isn’t going to be a mere flipping of a switch, I really feel the consumer electronics industry as a whole, needs to make that final push to educate consumers, and help them to understand HDTV doesn’t have to be a budget busting, frustrating experience.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HDTV