Monday, March 20, 2006

Subject Matter

In the basic blog description, I talked about how I wanted this blog to focus on "big picture" aspects of the transition, but there wasn't enough room in 500 characters to get into just what those are.

As I envision it, here are our big topics:

* Public Awareness and Reaction - When will more of the public wake up to what is scheduled to happen in less than three years, and what will happen when they do? Could public outrage undo the "hard" date?

* Programming - How quickly will broadcast HD programming extend beyond prime time? To what extent will developments in bandwidth affect the willingness of cable and satellite companies to carry additional HD channels, and network owners to launch those new channels in the first place? When will networks like PBS do more to publicize their digital offerings? (Since the existing mandates only cover broadcast digital, this topic could have a life well beyond the analog shutoff date.)

* Hardware - How will hardware manufacturers respond to the transition? Will "digital SDTVs" undercut the forward progress of HD? What is the public buying?

At least, that's what I've come up with so far.


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