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We sure appreciate the update Dave. I don't like the stretching either - what can we do about it? Why do they feel that they have to stretch the picture?
Some highlights from the "You Oughtta Know..." column, Home Theater Magazine, October 2002:
FCC Chairman Michael Powell issued recommendations for industries involved with DTV. THe programmers/networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, NBC, and Showtime) are to distribute at least 50 percent of their prime-time programming in either HD or some other value added format-"so long as it gives consumers something significantly different than what they currently receive in analog" - byt the 2002-2003 season.
50 percent of TVs that are 36 inches or larger are to incorporate DTV tuners by January 1, 2004, and 100 percent are to have them by January 1, 2005 (add a year for 25- to 35-inch sets). All sets 13 to 24 inches are to have the tuners by December 31, 2006, and IEEE 1394/5C and/or DVI/HDCP connections are to be provided on all new HD displays and receivers by January 1, 2004.
DVD's success - - It's the fastest selling consumer electronics format of all time. In 5 years DVD has already exceeded the milestone of one billion software units sold - a feat that took VHS twice as long to accomplish. Some 247 million software units were sold in the first half of 2002 alone, which is more than an 80 percent increase over last year's sales. On the hardware side, the player count is now over 40 million, and some 20 million players are expected to ship this year alone. Half of American households will have some form of DVD capability....by the end of this year.
I hope that, because of DVD and DTV broadcasts, American consumers will finally fall out of love with the old 4:3 analog format and buy new digital TVs.