TV Types: Facts at a Glance

Digital Television Facts At A Glance




  • Date for final transition to digital is February 17, 2009. After that date, stations will only broadcast digital signals.
  • Consumers will always be able to connect an inexpensive receiver, a set top box, to their existing analog TV to decode DTV broadcast signals.
  • Set top boxes will not convert your analog TV to high-definition.
  • Analog TVs will continue to work with cable, satellite, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, video games consoles and other devices for many years.
  • Digital cable or digital satellite does not mean a program is in high-definition.
  • Digital pictures will be free from the 'ghosts' and 'snow' that can affect analog transmissions.
  • Multicasting is available.
  • HDTV is available.
  • Data streaming is available.
  • High-definition broadcasts offered.
  • Best available picture resolution, clarity and color.
  • Dolby theatre surround-sound.
  • Dolby surround-sound.
  • Wide screen 'movie-like' format