It is a strange situation, and the first time such a move has
been tried without mandating that everything be
backward-compatible, so people aren't used to having things
change on them like this. It's going to happen and even out here
in rural America, several stations are broadcasting in both
formats already. They hope to minimize the outcry when/if the
changes go through (which they will).
Only one station here so far has announced when it will cease
analog transmissions; 2007.
I think it's too early to be able to predict much about what
will happen over the next decade with any reliability but it
should be interesting. Personally I would have preferred to see
the market ditate which format exists in ten years or whenever
even, but our gvt sees a huge advantage to the hdtv (and all the
other names that have come about for it) and are going to push it
thru one way or another. They WANT and think they need those
frequencies that will be freed up.
One of the most irritable parts of this is, even if stations
WANTED to continue to broadcast in both formats, which a lot
would, they eventually aren't going to be allowed to.
IMO, the only pro-active thing we (tinw) can do about it is to
be certain that any TV we buy that we want to keep for more than
a few years, had better be hdtv format capable or it could end up
being a wasted money situation.
It's really bugging me that so many companies are
alreadystarting to label their sets as "HDTV Ready" because for
many of them, all that means is they've added a cheap input for
a converter box to feed into it - which is also going to be a big
business in the near future.
Radio Shacks and X-10's of the world are going to love it!
I don't think we'll see the old VCRs, TVs & other systems et al
being no good because there will shortly be a plethora of
"converters" available from every spammer/crammer/scammer/store
in existance, who may or may not deliver what they claim. It's
just the way things go.
Anyway, my two cents,
: > I am sorry if this question is OT. But, I believe that the
answer to this
: > question answer will affect just about anyone in this group:
: > All current TVs, VHS tape and tape recorders will be trash
within 2 years
: > due to the pending changeover to HDTV (High Definition TV).
: > Will I be able to use my DVDs, my DVD player and my DVD
recorder with the
: > new HDTV sets?
: > Can my DVDs be converted to the new HDTV format, or will all
: > related equipment be trash, too?
: > --
: > Walter
: > www.rationality.net
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