Cable HDTV Tests

Getting the most from America's High Definition Television System is simple and inexpensive. All you need in most cities are "rabbit ears," a reliable Converter Box and a TV. No need to buy a new set or service to enjoy digital television NOW.

"Multicasting" allows TV stations to broadcast up to six channels in the space of their old one. Channel 9 is now HDTV 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, etc, each better than the old signal. Cable and Satellite would have you believe they have what you need to enjoy them.

Almost all Cable and Satellite Services now carry as many new digital channels as they plan to. But they compress the signals and omit many to save space for their other $ervice$. Here's how Real HDTV looks compared to Cable's HDTV on the same TV screen...

Real HDTV    Cable HDTV
  Real HDTV Screen Photo                                                       Cable HDTV Screen Photo

The FCC's New Rules say Cable can strip their television signals by thirty percent or so. Unfortunately, that much compression is noticeable on your living room TV set. It's the difference between seeing eyelashes and dark shadows. Between spectacular sound and stereo. Variants alien to most TV watchers but stunning on your TV set. Once you've seen it there's no going back! TV Converter Box and Cable Input

Cable and Satellite can be exposed by simply adding rabbit ears and a good Converter Box to your set. Just run the three converter box output lines to your TV input or add a switch box. With both cable and converter box tuned to the same channel, switch between them while watching any prime time program.

You'll be blown away... wondering how Cable gets away with such deception. What's really annoying is that almost all Cable Services have done all they plan to do with the new HDTV system already. All you can expect from them is more of the same at higher prices!

There now. You've passed the test and shown the world, for less than one Cable bill, that you can take on the Big Boys! If you're not completely satisfied simply return the antenna and converter box to the store where you got them. How can you beat that deal?

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George W. Bush Made The Rules!

Under the new FCC rules, cable systems need NOT carry local HDTV with clean over-the-air quality. Instead, "Cable operators must carry broadcast signals so that the picture quality is at least as good as the quality of any other programming carried on the system."

In other words, Cable can compress local signals, but no more than its cable networks (Discovery, ESPN, etc.). Cable compresses signals by 33%... not to mention stereo compression... and drops YOUR CITY'S NEW CHANNELS to save room for telephone lines, INTERNET, pay-per-view and other $ervice$.

But the prospect of airwave interference by cell phones and wireless computers sharing HDTV airwaves is a threat to HDTV. George B's HDTV system and Converter Boxes, governed by new guidelines, have never been extensively tested. Designed by business (Cable and Satellite) interests, they do little to protect our airwaves.

Scientists doubt that our HDTV system tuners will work clearly for long without more equipment once blasted by new uncontrolled wireless "noise" makers. HDTV sets and TV's with Converter Boxes, built to the new "guidelines," will simply go blank in a noisy electronic environment (see the diagram at left). Cable and Satellite will be immune, given their privileged microwave connection status with local stations.

AT&T and Verizon, who bought most of the new TV channel bands for their new customers' unlicensed transmitters, may have a hard time selling anything (i.e. AT&T's Netbook). For now we get to watch HDTV free - over-the-air.   D.E.S. 2/22/16

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