You won't be getting HDTV with one of these converter boxes, but you'll be getting the SD sub-channel, which has the advantage over analog of zero static.
Actually, you can get the HDTV channel, your box will just downconvert it.
There is nowhere that anyone who watches analog TV can claim that.
Actually, the transmitter site is quite a place, and you can get static-free reception quite a ways away from one too.
Over the air digital broadcasts, which is what these converter boxes are for, are actually the only way to get a full-bandwidth signal currently.
Define full-bandwidth. MPEG-2 is compressed, OTA or otherwise.
(All of the cable and satellite companies molest the signal in various ways to maximize bandwidth.)
They recompress it for their digital service tiers because they cannot easily simply retransmit the inputted MPEG stream. While it is possible, it becomes an issue of signal management and converting to baseband and recompressing is easier than playing with MPEG streams.
And there's absolutely no DRM on OTA digital broadcasts.
Most ATSC encoders and Muxers offer a variety of encoding and encryption options. Broadcasters could broadcast signals that are not watchable or listenable by viewers, but they would be blocking almost all viewers (broadcast equipment with the proper keys could still decode it).
They're not "rolling out" digital. It's already here. All this program is supposed to do is help people who haven't already upgraded, even though they've had about ten years to do so already.
Not all markets have had digital stations for this long. North America is quite unique in the high number of individual broadcast areas (we call them markets) and the nations of this continent have had logistical nightmares trying to arrange frequencies.
100 REM TASK 1
110 LPRINT CHR$(33); "hello world"; CHR$(33); CHR$(13); CHR$(12);
200 REM TASK 2
210 LPRINT CHR$(33); "what is your name?"; CHR$(33); CHR$(13); CHR$(10);
220 INPUT N$
230 LPRINT N$; CHR$(13); CHR$(12);
300 REM TASK 3
310 LPRINT CHR$(33); "give me a number to square:"; CHR$(33); CHR$(13); CHR$(10);
320 INPUT I
330 S = I * I
340 LPRINT S; CHR$(13); CHR$(12);
You said you wanted it printed, right?
What they did not provide Vista with was the ability to tell which sounds are coming from the speakers and which sounds are coming from your mouth into the microphone. The result? If you play a sound file with Vista commands in it, Vista does what the sounds tell it to do. Even if the commands are to delete all your files and empty the trash to make sure you can't get them back!
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