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What is HDTV HDTV the first completely new TV standard since the introduction of the medium in the 40s allows a picture with much finer visual detail and better color than the NTSC standards used with todays analog TV sets Pictures can have 3 to 5 times the sharpness of todays broadcasts and no noise or snow A good analogy is that you can see picture improvement like CDs improved over vinyl records And speaking of sound HDTV broadcasts also include CD quality surround sound based on the Dolby Digital AC3 standard HDTV sets use a wide screen more like those in movie theaters 169 width to height ratio compared to 43 today These new sets may also be compatible with PCs so you may look forward to combination TVPC applications Should you put off buying a TV now and wait for the first HDTV sets to hit the market Good question We believe the set you buy today will serve you well for many years and that the HDTV experience will take a long time to develop in terms of affordability and programming choices Aside from our ardent desire to sell TVs this year we think there are a number of facts which support this position The FCC has mandated that standard TV signals continue to be broadcast through the year 2006 to insure a smooth transition to HDTV This deadline may be moved back if consumers andor the Congress protest having to throw away or upgrade their existing sets but it will certainly not be moved forward The set you buy today will have signals to show for at least nine years Manufacturers plan to introduce add-on boxes to allow conventional TV sets to receive and show digital broadcasts Of course you wont see broadcasts in a wide screen format and you may not see all of the resolution that MAY be broadcast but you will be able to watch
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