Conn. public TV gets $2M to go digital
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 03, 2000
Connecticut Gov. John Rowland approved $2 million to upgrade Connecticut
Public Television to digital television, offering better sound and picture
quality as well as interactivity and other advanced options.
The money will be used to buy production and technical equipment, transmission
systems, and playback and recording devices. The money is the first installment
of a five-year commitment totaling $10 million. The total cost of the upgrades
is estimated at $23 million, including private financing.
Digital television, which the Federal Communications Commission said
broadcasters must switch to by 2003, is more advanced than the typical analog
television most people view today.
CPTV's engineering manager, Joe Zareski, said the most recognizable
improvements will be picture and sound quality that are "as good as what
we'll see in the studio." In contrast, an analog signal "constantly degrades
through transmission," he said, so the longer the transmission, the worse
the picture and sound quality.
With digital television, watching a show will be more like using the
Internet, and a television will be more like a computer. While watching
a show on cheetahs, for example, a person could click a link on the screen
and access information about efforts to save the animal from extinction.
People could even download information, just as they would from the World