Here is the transcript from Fox 2's website:
Originally posted by Dave Beebe
Did anyone see the "Contact 2" piece last night on the KTVI 9pm news concerning digital TV? As I figured it would be, it was one of the worst pieces of news I had ever seen. The piece was all over the place and didn't offer any good information to the uninformed.
No history, no even basic explanation of digital and HDTV, no explanation that digital TV DOES NOT neccessarily mean HDTV, no mention of other network doing HDTV or that Fox will be doing HDTV. All they showed were some expensive plasma screens that cost $10K+ not saying that you could get a decent HDTV for $1500 or even less.
I wish I would have taped the piece so I could point out every error.
Will you be able to watch your television in two years? The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all TV stations become digital because the signal will provide consumers with a higher quality picture. In contact 2, Margie Ellisor shows the big changes heading our way.
A FCC mandate calls for all TV broadcast signals to be 100 percent digital by 2006. Yet, only one in ten Americans own a digital television. So, will your old TV still work in two years or will you be left without a picture? Sean Wargo, Consumer Electronics Assn., We do know that at some point, analog spectrum gets turned off and that consumers who are relying on that, for their primary signal, would be required to buy some sort of new technology so they can still receive broadcasts. While the deadline looms near, broadcast industry and policy leaders at the HDTV summit in Washington D.C. are saying the change-over will occur when most American homes can receive digital programming. But consumers aren't waiting; sales of digital equipment are expected to increase 40 percent this year. The high-definition digital picture offers ten times the resolution of analog TVs and the number of available broadcasts are multiplied.
Technology experts say you have three options for high definition television. Robin Raskin, technology expert, One is projection TV. It's the least expensive, but probably the bulkiest. The other two are plasma and LCD, so thin that you can hang them on the wall with gorgeous pictures. There's been high consumer demand for sets at the high end of the market. Pioneer's 'Pure Vision' plasma has a 50 inch screen and displays a billion colors, at a cost of $14,500 dollars. Its makers call it the Ferrari of high definition. Also at the high end, 'LG Electronics' is launching a 42 inch LCD HDTV and a 55 inch later this year. The picture is bright and clear with a 176 degree viewing angle. The $10,000 dollar price tag is much cheaper than consumers would have paid a few years ago. Both TVs are fully integrated, so there's no need to buy a separate box to receive HDTV programs. The great thing about the digital signal is you can make the TV the center of your home entertainment. The Epson living station has a built in photo printer so I can be watching TV and print the screen that I like or I can be watching my own family photos on my HDTV printing the photos I like, all using a single remote. The Epson uses LCD projection technology and costs under $4,000 dollars.
Experts say the increasing amount of HDTV programming adds to consumer demand. One of the leading services, 'Voom', offers more than 30 channels of HDTV. Despite all the digital TV talk, don't throw away your old television just yet. Your old TV will work for a while. As a matter of fact, until 85 percent of the country can receive digital signals, your analog TV's going to be fine and even after that, you will be able to buy a set-top converter.
For more information on the conversion to digital television, visit http://www.<a href="http://www.fcc.g...w.fcc.gov.</a>