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ERIC Number: ED309482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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High Definition Television: A New Challenge for Telecommunication Policy.
Hongcharu, Boonchai
The telecommunications industry has now entered the most critical period of evolution in television technology since the introduction of color television. The transition to high definition television (HDTV), with related technologies such as semiconductors and computers, would mean a multi-billion dollar business for the telecommunications industry. With its enormous economic impact, HDTV now becomes one of the most important policy issues of the nation. HDTV is both visual-and-audio-improved television with a wider aspect ratio. However, this advanced television requires a new transmission standard and more spectra. Currently, broadcasters, direct broadcast satellite operators, cable and telephone companies, as well as HDTV production equipment and videocassette recorder manufacturers, compete with one another to have a share in HDTV business. With its tremendous impact on the American economy, HDTV should be guided by the appropriate public policies from government and industry. Some suggestions for government policies are outlined under the following headings: government-industry cooperation; government funding; tax incentives; legislation; relief of the antitrust laws; and international cooperation and technology transfer. It is expected that the government will pay more attention to the rapid progress in the telecommunication industries and come up with appropriate policies and actions in the near future. HDTV represents a major policy and economic challenge to America at this time. (Twenty-eight references are appended.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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