long will the transition from analog to Digital TV take?
will be introduced gradually over the next ten years. Some television
networks in the 10 largest U.S. cities intended to begin broadcasting
both DTV signals and analog signals by November, 1998, however
not all cities went on-line as planned. The "simulcasting" of
digital and analog signals means your analog TV sets will display
analog broadcasts for several years without the need for additional
The FCC has planned
all broadcasts to be digital by 2006 - but donít worry about your
current TV sets becoming obsolete. Reasonably priced digital-to-analog
converter boxes will enable them to display DTV broadcast signals
too. The converters wonít transform your televisions into digital
receivers. However, you will be able to view the down-converted
DTV pictures without any of todayís common interference problems,
like ghosts and snow. You will also be able to continue subscribing
to satellite or cable services that deliver analog signals directly
to your TV sets. And youíll still be able to connect your analog
TVs to VCRs, Digital Video Disc (DVD) players, camcorders, game
systems and other products.
This DTV tip is reproduced from "The ABCs
of DTV" with the permission of Sharp Electronics. Copyright 1998
Sharp Electronics Corporation.