For most of its more than sixty year history, television has provided viewers with entertainment using a single technical format – Analog. Essentially, Analog TV has required the use of antennas to receive signals and enable people access to “over-the-air” programming.
It began that way in the 1940s when television first became commercially viable and veterans returning from the service and the recently-ended war had available cash (discretionary income) to spend on the new “invention.” In those early days, of course, television programming was limited … was presented in black and white only … and was technically inferior. It was not uncommon for viewers to be plagued by “snow” on their screens as they attempted to watch live entertainment unfold before their mesmerized eyes.
The “snow” or poor reception was a by-product of the Analog technology being used at that time, a technology which was still in its infancy. As the years passed, Analog TV improved dramatically, as TVs also got better. The result: over-the-air programming became much more trouble-free and enjoyable.
But, science and technology never rest. While Analog television had improved to the point where people could watch – and thoroughly enjoy – TV programming in their homes without “snow” or any kind of on-air interference, there was still room for improvement.
That improvement — Digital television – became available with the dawn of the new century. Digital TV is definitely a technological and scientific upgrade – a quantum leap forward in television reception and quality because it is able to receive and transmit more data than the outdated and old-fashioned Analog TV … and that data transmission can remain remarkably consistent.
The result of this innovation: a better picture … a strikingly clearer and more defined picture … dramatically improved sound, as well. These days, every household has a television, of course … and most households have several TVS. People rely on television for entertainment … especially now with a poor economy and high unemployment making it difficult for the average family to attend a movie or eat dinner out. ‘So … it’s critically important that home entertainment is stress-free, problem-free … 100% enjoyable.
Digital television fills that requirement more efficiently and effectively than analog TV. Of course, analog TV can still provide a quality picture and clear sound that makes TV viewing pleasant and satisfying. But, since June, 2009, the American government has mandated that all analog televisions have had to be converted to digital television. And that is why most people today have a converter box resting on top of their TVs.
The only people who don’t need a converter box are those that actually own Digital televisions. If you still have an analog TV, it is no longer working and producing an image on your screen … unless your analog TV is hooked up to a converter box.
It’s as simple as that. And in terms of home entertainment, it’s a good idea, as well. There can be no doubt: digital TV is far superior to analog television. The reason for this is simple and obvious: technological breakthrough … and progress. Enjoy your home entertainment.