Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What are the Benefits of Digital Television?

With the digital television revolution well and truly upon us and analogue signal being turned off all around the country, you might be wondering what exactly there is to gain from going with digital. Has it really been worth all the hassle? We were doing fine with analogue TV, weren't we? Nowadays the quality of high definition TV’s are becoming a little over the top; some even profess to be more crystal clear than real life. Yes we may be going overboard somewhat but the pros well and truly outweigh the cons. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages:

Picture quality
This is obviously the main feature of digital TV, as the quality of the image on the screen is far superior to what we were subject to in earlier years. The picture is more focused, sharper and has a higher resolution. The downside of this of course is that it is rather unforgiving on a poor signal. With digital TV you've either got a great picture or you've got one that is unwatchable; there’s no middle ground. Back in the day with analogue, you could make do with a less-than-optimal fuzzy image and still enjoy the show. Luckily, there’s things you can do to be sure your digital signal never lets you down (have Local Bloke install the antenna, for instance).


More channels
You are probably aware that a whole bunch of new channels came in when we turned on the digital signal. Back in the analogue days we had ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, SBS and Channel 31 (if you were lucky). Nowadays, there are multiple channels for each network. But this did not happen by accident. The digital signal has a narrower bandwidth, meaning more channels can fit in a given frequency range.


Some have suggested that the future of television, computers and home entertainment is that it will all be accessible on one or more screens. It certainly seems as if we are moving towards this and the fact that digital televisions are increasingly compatible with computers, DVDs, Blue-Ray players, etc. suggests this. Nowadays, it’s expected that a TV have a USB port, for instance. Having this compatibility is very handy and was something we could only dream of in years passed.

Flexible Viewing Options
This is potentially the biggest advantage that digital TV has over its analogue counterpart. Because digital files are so easy to duplicate and store, w’re able to view the programs on-demand in a much more efficient manner. Ideally, this would result in being able to watch any program at any time; we’re already able to store hundreds of hours of programming on our own systems and technology is only improving. This could potentially lead to the phasing out of scheduled programming, which it seems has already become an archaic notion with the availability of online downloads.

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