High definition television provides twice as many scan lines as analog television systems. HDTV incorporates a larger screen, wider aspect ratio, higher resolution, with surround sound that imitates reality when the viewer sits approximately three times the screen size away from the television. High definition enhances color reproduction, a larger screen, and digital audio combined to make the HD experience feel more lifelike than that of standard definition television. The introduction of television took place in Japan in the 1960s. In 1968, Japan began research on a new HDTV that would use 35mm film as the benchmark. HDTV pioneer Dr. Fujio’s and his research team examined the physical attributes of human vision. Fujio’s research concluded that HDTV required a resolution of 1000 scan lines. The 1970s began to transfer research and in 1977, the society of motion picture and television engineers formed the first study group on HDTV. That same year, HDTV began to appear in technical journals and the following year, the first experimental satellite transmission of high definition began (HDTV World Review website, 1990). Using technology
In the late 1980s, the United States government debated on the approach it should take to join the HDTV advancement. The United States acknowledged that Japan took an early lead on the technology developing analog HDTV and wanted to consider making the transition. Strategists argued for a stay of current research to jump fully into digital technology. This approach would enable the U.S. to leap ahead of Japan and European systems. Broadcasters initially resisted HD technology and called for the formation of the Advisory Committee on Advances Television service to look out for their interests. Another interest to consider is the consumer. In 1990, the FCC determined regardless of what HDTV system was adopted, it would have to be compatible with current National Television System (HDTV World Review website, 1990). Organizations...
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