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All About Plasma Televisions: A Buyer's Guide
Part One: Why go plasma? Why go plasma in the
Because the technology is there. In
1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted
legislation compelling the nation's 1600+ television
stations to change the way they broadcast their programming-i.e.,
to start transmitting it digitally. Thus began the rise
of digital television (DTV) in America. For now, the
FCC has allocated an additional channel spectrum to
the media. This has allowed the media to offer digital
broadcasts in parallel with their existing analog ones,
giving consumers the opportunity to watch regular TV
while they make the switch to DTV.
Once the transition to digital is complete-by the year
2006 or by the time 85% of US households get digital
feeds, whichever occurs later-the federal government
will auction off the original analog channel spectrum.
And DTV will be the new standard in broadcasting. Sure,
you'll still be able to watch your favorite shows in
analog like always, but you'll need to "update"
your existing TV with a device that converts digital
signals into analog ones. All of which begs the question:
Why not just go with the digital flow?