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High definition television (HDTV) is an innovation in television that promises improvement in the image the television receiver displays. There are major differences between HDTV and the current National Television Standards Committee (NTSC) formats, and these technological changes are at the heart of debates over the introduction of HDTV. The process of selecting a HDTV standard is exacting and complicated, but no government sponsored standard can be developed without the input of a television industry that is in economic straits largely because of foreign competition. The history of debate over HDTV implementation is traced. The industrial policy issue is a real concern in the United States. No matter which standard is adopted in the United States or Europe, the Japanese will doubtless continue to compete. The HDTV situation is perhaps the first time in the history of broadcasting that the Federal Communications Commission appears to be forcing a technology on broadcasters. The first step is the adoption of a transmission standard in 1993. The second step, formulating a technology policy, will be more difficult. Appendix A presents a proposed testing schedule, and Appendix B describes proposed HDTV systems. (Contains 113 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Broadcast Reception Equipment, Broadcast Television, Electronics Industry, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Innovation, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Standards, Technological Advancement











Author: Johnson, George

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7463&id=ED359939



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