September 18, 1997 |
Reflecting rising anger with the telecommunications industry, lawmakers threatened tough action Wednesday to ensure the widespread availability of high-definition television and to spur greater local telephone competition. At two rancorous Senate hearings, industry executives and government regulators were taken to task for failing to ensure that consumers get lower prices, greater choice and innovative technology that the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 was designed to foster.
May 9, 1989 |
A major group of U.S. electronics firms will urge Congress to help the industry develop a new generation of television technology through Pentagon grants of $100 million a year over the next three years and loan guarantees of as much as $1 billion, industry sources said Monday. The American Electronics Assn. plan for entering the high-definition television business, which will be presented to the Senate Commerce Committee today, has been long awaited because of the intense interest on Capitol Hill and within the Bush Administration over how to prevent U.S. companies from being shut out of a field now led by Japanese and European concerns.
May 1, 1994
In your April 17 cover story you refer to "World War II: When Lions Roar" (NBC) as the "first American drama to be produced in HDTV--High Definition Television." This is not accurate. The first American television drama produced in HDTV was made by CBS and was broadcast on April 23, 1989. It was called "The Littlest Victims" and told the story of Dr. James Oleske (played by Tim Matheson), a pioneer in the research and treatment of pediatric AIDS. Peter Levin, Los Angeles, director, "The Littlest Victims"
November 14, 1989 |
The Pentagon is spending $30 million over the next three years to develop high-definition video display technology, which it plans to use for surveillance systems, radar, computers, instrument displays and a variety of other purposes. Industry analysts say development of high-definition television, or HDTV, may be one of the most lucrative businesses of the 1990s. Although HDTV's potential for military applications is substantial, industry observers say the technology may prove more valuable in the consumer market.
April 28, 2002
I can't believe that I just purchased a $15,000 high-definition television screen that is about to become a dinosaur due to a new digital connection standard ["HDTV Device Gains Support," April 17]. I feel like such a fool to think that all HDTV technical issues had been addressed. I seriously doubt that I will be junking my equipment to support a new standard driven by copyright paranoia. I guess I will miss out on all of that "new" entertainment. Fred Williams Oceanside I see the consumer electronics industry has bowed to pressure from the major movie studios to implement a digital system in all HDTVs or digital televisions to not only limit the recording of programming off the air but to add a pay-per-quality feature for programs provided in high definition.
September 7, 1997
Your Aug. 29 editorial, "So Much for Promises," misses the most important point. That is, the public neither wants nor needs nor has demanded high-definition TV. This move to digital TV was created by the computer-oriented crowd as an extension of computer technology. Today's TV already does its job. We viewers watch for content, not picture sharpness. HDTV is a sneaky way to force millions of Americans to spend billions to replace that which they already have: a TV that displays information in an intelligible fashion.