HDTV Receiver

Simply put, a HDTV receiver (or as it is sometimes called an Advanced Television Systems Committee Tuner) is a device that allows the reception of digital signals sent over the air in the North America, South Korea, and Taiwan. Never seen one? That’s because HDTV receivers are often integrated into other equipment in the personal home theatre, such as the television, the video cassette recorder (VCR), the DVD player/recorder, or the digital video recorder (DVR). Sometimes, but not as often, HDTV receivers are integrated into a separate set top box.

If you live in the United States in the latter part of 2008 and the early part of 2009, you were likely bombarded by commercials, public service announcements, and news bulletins reminding you to switch to HDTV by a certain date or your television service would no longer work. Many people, especially older people or those not connected to the internet, were especially worried about losing connection with their television programming. And it was true that if people still had old televisions that used an antennae to read over the air signals, then they would probably lose their television reception on the date that all stations switched over to digital. The problem there was that these people did not have integrated HDTV receivers anywhere in their television, VCR, DVR or in a set top box.

The government and broadcast news stations were proactive about the fact that television watchers needed HDTV receivers in their televisions for many reasons. The government wants to make sure that people have access to information. Broadcasters, television stations, and studios back in Hollywood and around the country want to make sure they have the maximum audience for their expensively produced programming. For that reason, all those entities came together to produce public service announcements, commercials and news segments. The change became known popularly as “the digital switch.” The government even issued free coupons for non-HDTV receiver owners to be able to obtain a discount on a converter box, in effecting allowing them to have an HDTV receiver enabled set top box. Two $40 coupons were available per US address, but the government quickly ran out of coupons, much to the dismay of some television viewers.

About 1/3 of television stations made the digital switch on February 17, 2009. Much of the switch was carried on without incident, and some critics of the public hype over the switch compared it to the Y2K virus scare back at the turn of the 21st century. The rest of the nation,s television stations will switch later that year.

For those who think the government’s and television network’s push to get HDTV receivers into the hands of the viewing public was all a sudden storm of hype, they should look at the history behind the digital switch. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) previously declared that by July 1, 2005 all televisions over 35 inches (91cm) much include a built-in HDTV receiver. This progressed, and by March 1, 2006, all televisions with screen sizes over 25 inches (64 cm) were required to have a HDTV receiver installed onboard. By March 1, 2007, all televisions regardless of their screen size were required to have an HDTV tuner. This also went for all television interface devices, including the aforementioned VCRs, DVD player/recorders, and DVRs.

The United States is not the only country that will require all television watching residents to purchase some sort of HDTV turner (be it in the VCR, DVD player/recorder or DVR) and perform a so-called “digital switch.” Our neighbors to the north ,Canada, will be following closely in our footsteps, with a digital switch date set for sometime in 2011.

This HDTV Receiver Review is Written/Updated on Jun 5th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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