Digital Television Facts At A Glance





  • Date for final transition to digital-only television transmission is February 17, 2009. After that date, stations will only broadcast digital signals and the current analog television will stop.
  • Consumers will always be able to connect a relatively inexpensive a set top convertor box to their existing over the air analog TV to decode DTV broadcast signals.
  • Set top boxes will not convert your analog TV to high-definition only the other way around.
  • Analog TVs will continue to work with cable, satellite, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, video games consoles and other devices for many years to come.
  • Digital cable or digital satellite does not mean a program is in high-definition it just means it uses digital technology for transmission to the viewer.
  • Digital pictures are free from the "ghosts" and "snow" that can affect analog transmissions.
  • Multicasting (more than one program at a time from a TV station) is available with digital transmission.
  • Data streaming is contained in the digital signal. For example, this can be used to provide to the viewer a program schedule.
  • Most network evening programming is now provided as a high-definition broadcasts.
  • HDTV is available now from nearly all current television stations.
  • Provides a wide screen "movie-like" format
  • Provides the best quality picture resolution, clarity and color.
  • Dolby theatre quality(6 channels) of surround-sound.