Digital versus analog, HD versus SD…Wow, television sure has gotten complicated! We’re breaking it all down and answering your TV technology questions.
Analog television, which telecasts through radio waves, has
been the traditional method of telecasting since the inception of
television. Analog service has recently been replaced by digital service
in part because digital cable uses less spectrum space. This freed up
spectrum space now allows for public safety communications, and is
also used to provide consumers with more advanced wireless services.
Digital cable is also considered more efficient, and provides a
clearer picture than analog.
Answer:No, you can continue to use your current television set.
Question:What is HDTV?
Answer:Simply put, HDTV, or high definition television, is the highest of all
the DTV standards. Whether or not you see a high definition picture
depends on whether or not the station is telecasting in a high definition
signal and if you have the right television and cable equipment installed to receive and view it.
Question:Is DTV the same as HDTV?
Answer:HDTV is a type of DTV signal. DTV delivers both standard definition
video (SD) and high definition video (HD) transmissions. HDTV is the
highest quality of digital transmission. In order to watch in high definition,
you have to have an HD signal, an HDTV and HD cable equipment.
However, DTV can be watched on a standard definition television.
Question:How do I receive HDTV?
Answer:In order to receive HD programming, you need to purchase an HDTV
set and HD cable equipment from your local cable provider. Please Note:
Your television and cable box may be HD-ready, but you will not receive
HD channels if you are not paying for the service. Contact your local cable provider to inquire about rates and more information.
Question:Can I get a high definition picture using a digital-to-analog converter box?
Answer:No. In order to get HD picture quality, you need to purchase an HDTV set
and HD cable equipment from your local cable provider. Please Note: Your television and cable box may be HD-ready, but you will not receive HD
channels if you are not paying for the service. Contact your local cable
provider to inquire about rates.