The terrestrial broadcasts and satellites are soon going to be a thing of the past. Back in the 1970s the satellite dishes were introduced mostly fixed into backyards due to their size which didn’t allow them to be placed on the roofs. Today satellite dishes are a way to smaller, the introduction of digital television will replace them completely.
Introduction of Digital Television and its Impact on the Global Market
The digital television industry is booming currently, and soon it will replace completely terrestrial broadcasts. However, this industry is also facing some challenges since they are trying to integrate digital and analog functions into one decision. The move to HDTV in the United States has driven the demand for televisions which have high-resolution displays, and the digital cable boxes will be replaced by cable ready high-definition televisions. There is also a Hd television mandatory in some Asian countries including Japan since their digital terrestrial signal mandates high definition density broadcasts.
Dominating the compression technology is still MPEG2, but new coding technologies like Windows Media 9 and MPEG4 are opening to the possibility of standard defining television over IP-based DLS network for various telecom operators. There are also available wide range satellite channels which are integrated with newest modulation forms including DVB-S3, 8PSK, and high-density PVRs.
Java and Multimedia Home Platform will incorporate the latest global software standards and make interactive applications which are going to increase demand for higher performance in the digital television receivers but at significantly lower costs. Microsoft is also keeping an eye on the overall digital television market together with these developments. Microsoft recently introduced XP Media Center partnering with PC makers and telecom operators in order to develop a home server for the IDTV box or integrated digital television.