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Q: the future of high def TV programming in the USA ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: the future of high def TV programming in the USA
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: kingly69-ga
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Posted: 26 Jul 2006 17:00 PDT
Expires: 25 Aug 2006 17:00 PDT
Question ID: 749895
has the FCC mandated that all network and local station programming be
in HD after a certain future date??
Subject: Re: the future of high def TV programming in the USA
Answered By: tisme-ga on 26 Jul 2006 19:45 PDT
Hello kingly69,

Here is the official page from the FCC regarding digital television:

The answer to your question is no. If this were the case, it would be
illegal to rerun old tv programs that are not HD! Digital TV will be
required and the FCC says that "rather than being limited to providing
one analog programming signal, a broadcaster will be able to provide a
sharp "high definition" (HDTV) program or multiple "standard
definition" digital programs simultaneously."

So while HD will not be required, digital TV (which could either be HD
or not) will be mandatory by February 17, 2009.

Please let me know if you require further clarification. I hope this
satisfactorily answers your question.

All the best,


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Subject: Re: the future of high def TV programming in the USA
From: pinkfreud-ga on 26 Jul 2006 19:07 PDT
I don't know of any such mandate. However, digital signals will soon be required:

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