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Why Digital Television? PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 18 December 2008 12:51

It’s been well publicized that on February 17th, television stations will broadcast exclusively in a digital format, but why would the Federal Communications Commission want to make the switch after decades of broadcasting with an analog signal?


Patrick Webre of the FCC said the new signal will free up airwaves for police, fire, and emergency rescue communications.


Webre said it will also allow broadcasters to offer programming with better picture and sound quality and more programming choices.


Webre said, “Digital is so much more efficient.  Broadcasters can not only provide you with that one channel that you’re used to seeing in analog, but they can provide you with multicast programming which is several different broadcast channels all within that same amount of spectrum that was required to just do one analog channel.”


Webre explained that you’re favorite local television station may offer several different sub channels each with unique programming.


Aisling Broadcasting will continue to check in with the FCC for updates and more information to make sure you’re ready for the big switch this February.


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