Prisoner Of HDTV

The transition from analog broadcast television to digital broadcast television (DTV), now an enshrined part of American broadcasting policy, faces a horde of technical, legal, economic, and social problems. Taken together, the problems look as unbeatable as any monster. Making things worse, many factions with a stake in the outcome are at war over such issues as technology mandates, copyright protection, and fair use.” So who really cares? “There’s much more than digital television at stake. Bad government actions in this sphere – and you can be sure that Congress and the Federal Communications Commission will act rather than refrain from acting – could permanently shoehorn part or all of the computer revolution under government-driven design control. Not only would this likely kill the dynamism of the information-technology sector, but it is unlikely to do much to protect copyright interests.”