Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Digital TV

What you need
TV with a digital tuner, or
Standard TV with a set top box [STB, external TV Tuner]

Some set top boxes are High Definition [HD], some are Standard Definition [SD] Their use is interchangeable but to get the benefit of the HD STB you must have a HD TV. Sorry about the silly acronyms. [Wikipedia link about HD and SD]

Why?
  • Standard analog TV is going to be turned-off [list] Sydney - second half of 2013
  • With digital TV you can access captions [subtitles] which are broadcast with most programs, in English
  • Multiple channels in addition to the standard analog 5 stations [multicasting]
    ABC has ABC1, ABC2 and ABC3, all with different programming.
Links
Australian Communications and Media Authority page
Freeview [warning - dizzying website]
Media Access television page

Buying a new TV soon?
Consider a set which imcorporates a digital tuner. In Sydney there's only one station not represented on digital - Channel 31, negotiations underway. Channel 31 may not be available in your area. All other stations have at least one entity in the digital sphere, most have two. Some have three.
So you won't miss anything mainstream by going 100% digital.


Acronyms
TV
Television
STB
Set Top Box
HD
High Definition
SD
Standard Definition
ACMA
Australian Communications and Media Authority

1 comment:

  1. There is an online forum about Digital TV - DTV Forum
    Have a look at http://www.dtvforum.info/

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