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Ethereal DC Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-23-08 05:49 PM
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163. I don't understand the relevance of this commercial to the topic.
The ads obviously aren't giving the official reason for this conversion, but that's okay because the ads aren't coming from the government, so you can't blame the government for these ads, can you?

The improved picture quality is a nice perk, but the real boons of converting to digital are without a doubt the capability to multi-cast and the amount of freed spectra. A good chunk of the freed spectra will go to wireless broadband internet access, which has the potential to make it cheaper and easier for people to access video and audio content online.

Accessing content that was traditionally television and radio content online is the future--and it's totally welcomed. You miss the pirate radio stations? Guess what? They're all online now. Even with digital conversion and the new stations being created by freed bandwidth, TV and radio are still linear mediums... they can only fit as much content as there are hours in the day. The internet is completely nonlinear and can hold virtually limitless content.

So, I guess my point is that we're going to see more and more spectra allocated to broadband internet as the century progresses and we'll see faster and faster internet access which will make convergence more and more possible. The conversion to digital is NOT the problem; it had to happen eventually--the fight is against the monopolization of bandwidth by a few corporations and against the regulation of internet content.
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