As the gap between price & HD-clarity tightens, you may be getting ready to make the leap to HD. This is why we've provided this informational piece to help you get more comfortable with what HDTV is, how it is superior to standard (or analog) television, and how you can get HDTV service.
1 What is HDTV?
"HDTV" stands for High Definition Televison. It is provided over a Digital Signal where programming is transmitted to end users digitally, requiring an HDTV to receive the signal.
Not only does this improve the picture quality, the picture size is actually improved. Instead of a standard 4:3 ratio, HDTVs use a 16:9 ratio, matching the appearance of movie screens. This allows movies to be shown as they were intended, and allows for more ease of viewing, as the 16:9 ratio better matches the eye's field of vision.
Wide Screen HDTV
2 How is HDTV better than analog TV?
As mentioned above, HDTV matches the appearance of movie screens; however, it is an improvement over standard TVs in many more ways...
First, HDTVs use a higher-resolution format of digital television. The signal has twice the color resolution and imports a picture that is six times sharper than analog TVs.
Second, HDTVs improve the audio experience. A lot of the HDTV programming is transmitted in Dolby Digital surround sound, further upgrading the home theatre experience. Plus the sound is CD-quality, meaning digital superiority over the sound of analog TV.
3 Do I have to call FPB for HDTV Service?
In order to receive encrypted HDTV programming, you must have the FPB Advanced Set-Top (DCT) box. It supplies HD programming over a digital signal that also includes preferred channels, digital music channels and access to iN Demand pay-per-view channels. You do not need a DCT in order to view unencrypted HD channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, KET and FOX if you have a digital televison with a QAM tuner.
Need more information?
There are many online sources to better educate yourself about High Definition Television. Once great source is HDTV WORLD at http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5102926-1.html.
You can also visit the local retailers above to get more information about HDT