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Last modified: Friday, April 07, 2006 

Short for High-Definition Television, a new type of television that provides much better resolution than current televisions based on the NTSC standard. HDTV is a digital TV broadcasting format where the broadcast transmits widescreen pictures with more detail and quality than found in a standard analog television, or other digital television formats. HDTV is a type of Digital Television (DTV) broadcast, and is considered to be the best quality DTV format available. Types of HDTV displays include direct-view, plasma, rear screen, and front screen projection. HDTV requires an HDTV tuner to view and the most detailed HDTV format is 1080i.

* HDTV Minimum Performance Attributes:

  • Receiver: Receives ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions and decodes all ATSC Table 3 video formats
  • Display Scanning Format: Has active vertical scanning lines of 720 progressive (720p), 1080 interlaced (1080i), or higher
  • Aspect Ratio: Capable of displaying a 16:9 image1
  • Audio: Receives and reproduces, and/or outputs Dolby Digital audio

(* Adapted from Digital Connection)

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ATSC Home Page
Home page for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), an organization involved with technical standards for advanced television systems, including digital high definition television (HDTV). The site includes news items, standards information, and papers and presentations.

Comprehensive FAQ covering HDTV standards as well as traditional broadcast and manufacturing standards.

HDTV newsletter
Contains news and information regarding the DTV standard.

HDTV Resources
Offers links to HDTV home pages, FAQs, news items, articles, and standards information.

High Definition Television (HDTV) Information Resources
Good collection of resources for HDTV, television standards and technology, and audio and video compression.

Hi-Vision Promotion Center
This site hosts the efforts of the Hi-Vision promotion center, a group dedicated to cultivating the development of HD-TV related industries.

Introduction to HDTV
Contains a technical introduction to HDTV television.

Public Television and HDTV
Collection of articles and links pertaining to Public TV and the transition to digital broadcasting.

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)
The ATSC site contains information on technical standards, legislation, administrative documents and papers regarding advanced television systems and Digital HDTV.

The Clock - online magazine
Provides informative articles on flat panel display, projection display, virtual reality, and HDTV.

The PC Technology Guide
Outlines the various aspects of Digital TV and its convergence with the PC. Includes graphics, diagrams and an integrated glossary.

Yahoo!'s HDTV page
Yahoo!'s directory of HDTV.

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