Sunday, February 19, 2006
Not only is there a new market in digital to analog converters, but industry analysts foresee the sales of integrated Digital Television sets rising to over 18 units this year. An integrated Digital Television just means that the tuner and display are housed together. It is possible to buy a DTV Monitor, which is an analog television that needs digital tuner in some form, to display the digital signal. You will find these tuners in various units, from a cable box, an over the air tuner, and a satellite receiver. Of course, all digital signals are not high-def, but all HD signals are digital. The SD (Standard Definition) TV signal will be better than the old analog signal, and it will no longer have the analog artifacts of snow and ghost like images. SD will not offer the life-like clarity of HDTV; you will still need the HD television and the specific programming in High-Def for the sharpest, clearest pictures imaginable. By some measurements, the picture is about five times sharper than a good analog set of today. The sound with Digital Television will also be improved. Consumers have said that the digital sounds seem to envelope them and come from many directions, not just, from the speakers on the television.
As our television habits evolve, things were bound to become digital. The digital signal is cleaner, and is more easily compressed, allowing for the broadcast of more information. The improved quality of video and sound are reasons enough begin the first part of this century as a digital republic.