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4. High Definition > 28. Ensure You Can Get HD Programming

Ensure You Can Get HD Programming

Although high definition is certainly the future in video, it might not make sense for you to go to an HDTV unit. Learn what should push you over the edge—and what shouldn’t.

There has literally been almost a run on HD-capable television sets in recent days. However, buying an HD set doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get an HD signal. If you don’t have HD channels available to you, the greatest set in the world is wasted on low-resolution standard-definition (SD) programming. But to determine what programming is available, you need to know a little more about HD programming.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed by Congress and signed by the president. One of its provisions requires all terrestrial TV stations in the country to convert to digital modulation; in other words, these stations will be required to broadcast a high-definition signal.


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