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digital transition delay

by mamontano / January 28, 2009 8:34 PM PST

Disappointed that they are trying to delay this.
I was really looking forward to better quality
source material. I guess it will be many years
before the move to broadcasting 1080p will happen.
I planned on spending alot of quality time with
my sammy on feb. 17. Busted my bubble.

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by mamontano / January 28, 2009 9:03 PM PST

"The national transition to digital television remains on track for a scheduled date of February 17, after the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a proposal to delay the switchover."

Shew, had me sweating.

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DTV transition
by Pepe7 / January 28, 2009 11:32 PM PST

Luckily the Republicans shot the extension down in Congress yesterday. Finally an issue I can agree with them on ;).

FWIW, the DTV transition on Feb.17 is not *immediately* related to providers serving up 1080p content per se. The 720p & 1080i content they provide now can and will look outstanding on the right HDTV setup. The date when broadcasters start regularly providing 1080p content will be further down the road regardless of the DTV transition date because of the massive expenses required to upgrade their equipment, let alone ours. I'm not aware of very many people who have the correct decoder boxes to interpret 1080p content broadcast @ 24Hz and use pull down to convert it to 60Hz for the not so new HDTVs. I bet some TVs won't be able to deal with this, so that might mean replacement of some folks' flat panels as well. $$$

cheers,
Pedro

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