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Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film, 2nd Edition by Susan Spohr, Barbara Clark

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3   Digital TV and High Definition

While often referred to interchangeably, digital television (DTV) and high definition television (HDTV) are not one in the same. Digital television refers to the method of transmission of a television signal. High Definition television describes the resolution, or picture quality, of the program being transmitted. And, while high definition television is broadcast digitally, digital television need not be high definition.

The FCC’s Plan

In December 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new digital television system for use in the United States, generally referred to as DTV. And while there are some very real hurdles to overcome, and costs to cover, before widespread DTV can become a reality ...

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