High-definition television, HDTV, is digital television, DTV, in its highest and best form. The format, which promises better pictures and sound for viewers, is catching on.
TheFCChas mandated that all television broadcasters move to digital over the next several years.
Like the move to color TV, it will take a while, but viewers are buying sets now.
Steven White works long hours at his computer job and enjoys his time at home. His bachelor pad boasts a 46-inch high-definition TV display.
"I've always been an early adopter, and I believe that people won't buy technology until they see it. Somebody has to do it," he says.
And more people are investing thousands of dollars in digital television.
HDTV owner Eric Larsen says digital TV offers more than great pictures.
"There are a number of additional stations that come on the same bandwidth, or series of channels. And, for example, when there's a storm coming, WRAL will often broadcast the radar image on one of those second or third channels," says Larsen.
Despite those concerns, Capitol Broadcasting's Jim Goodmon, aleader in the development of digital television, says the industry must change to be competitive in the digital future.
"As we have more high-definition programming, as the retailers, the people that sell TV sets get more HD sets on the floor and do more demonstrations, I think this is going to take off like a rocket," says Goodmon.
WRAL is giving away a free HDTV at theN.C. State Fair. Visit our tent, located on the northeast side of Dorton Arena, to register.