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Satellite Television and the Digital Transition


Technology that is immensely complex on the back-end has never been easier to use once it reaches the hands of consumers. If you are an analog person in this digital day and age, chances are that when you look at the night sky and see a satellite whizzing through the cosmos you are not thinking about geostationary orbits and how they affect the HD images being transmitted to your flat screen TV. Or when you are walking down the street, you probably don’t stop and consider how radio waves carry signals to every corner of the planet.

Over the course of the past decade Satellite TV providers have advanced both the technology and usability of their service offerings to enhance the way subscribers receive their entertainment. With the newest developments being so user friendly, it’s only natural to not over think how and why things work.

Most of us are content simply operating our remote controls, programming our DVR, and then sitting back to enjoy HD Digital Television. After all, TV for most people is a form of relaxation, not a time to ponder why satellite dishes have 32 transponders, along with a receiver busy demodulating and converting signals. That’s for developers and technicians to worry about.

With that said the intricate details that define how Satellite Television works is what make it such a great choice for TV lovers who demand a crystal-clear HD image, theater-quality audio and access to hundreds of channels from around the world. These days it’s easier and more affordable than ever to have all the benefits of Digital Television.

There are many businesses that have helped pioneer and revolutionize Satellite TV by mastering the complicated technology and making it affordable and functional for the end-user. As the digital-age has advanced and devices have become more streamlined, what used to be a crater-sized, parabolic dome is now a powerful state-of-the-art dish nearly the same size as a dinner plate.

With the digital transition finally set to be unveiled in its entirety on June 12, 2009, the beauty of being a subscriber to a satellite TV service is that Satellite TV viewers won’t be affected whatsoever. In fact, it’s exactly what satellite TV viewers have been enjoying for years. Now that’s picture-perfect technology you don’t have to worry about. Thanks to the advances in HD through Satellite and Digital TV, there has never been a better time to watch television.

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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Eye of the Holder
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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Eye of the Holder

Photo By: SGT Pablo Piedra

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U.S. Army Arts and Crafts History
After World War I the reductions to the Army left the United States with a small force. The War Department faced monumental challenges in preparing for World War II. One of those challenges was soldier morale. Recreational activities for off duty time would be important. The arts and crafts program informally evolved to augment the needs of the War Department.
On January 9, 1941, the Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson, appointed Frederick H. Osborn, a prominent U.S. businessman and philanthropist, Chairman of the War Department Committee on Education, Recreation and Community Service.
In 1940 and 1941, the United States involvement in World War II was more of sympathy and anticipation than of action. However, many different types of institutions were looking for ways to help the war effort. The Museum of Modern Art in New York was one of these institutions. In April, 1941, the Museum announced a poster competition, “Posters for National Defense.” The directors stated “The Museum feels that in a time of national emergency the artists of a country are as important an asset as men skilled in other fields, and that the nation’s first-rate talent should be utilized by the government for its official design work… Discussions have been held with officials of the Army and the Treasury who have expressed remarkable enthusiasm…”
In May 1941, the Museum exhibited “Britain at War”, a show selected by Sir Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery in London. The “Prize-Winning Defense Posters” were exhibited in July through September concurrently with “Britain at War.” The enormous overnight growth of the military force meant mobilization type construction at every camp. Construction was fast; facilities were not fancy; rather drab and depressing.
In 1941, the Fort Custer Army Illustrators, while on strenuous war games maneuvers in Tennessee, documented the exercise The Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Feb. 1942), described their work. “Results were astonishingly good; they showed serious devotion …to the purpose of depicting the Army scene with unvarnished realism and a remarkable ability to capture this scene from the soldier’s viewpoint. Civilian amateur and professional artists had been transformed into soldier-artists. Reality and straightforward documentation had supplanted (replaced) the old romantic glorification and false dramatization of war and the slick suavity (charm) of commercial drawing.”

“In August of last year, Fort Custer Army Illustrators held an exhibition, the first of its kind in the new Army, at the Camp Service Club. Soldiers who saw the exhibition, many of whom had never been inside an art gallery, enjoyed it thoroughly. Civilian visitors, too, came and admired. The work of the group showed them a new aspect of the Army; there were many phases of Army life they had never seen or heard of before. Newspapers made much of it and, most important, the Army approved. Army officials saw that it was not only authentic material, but that here was a source of enlivenment (vitalization) to the Army and a vivid medium for conveying the Army’s purposes and processes to civilians and soldiers.”
Brigadier General Frederick H. Osborn and War Department leaders were concerned because few soldiers were using the off duty recreation areas that were available. Army commanders recognized that efficiency is directly correlated with morale, and that morale is largely determined from the manner in which an individual spends his own free time. Army morale enhancement through positive off duty recreation programs is critical in combat staging areas.
To encourage soldier use of programs, the facilities drab and uninviting environment had to be improved. A program utilizing talented artists and craftsmen to decorate day rooms, mess halls, recreation halls and other places of general assembly was established by the Facilities Section of Special Services. The purpose was to provide an environment that would reflect the military tradition, accomplishments and the high standard of army life. The fact that this work was to be done by the men themselves had the added benefit of contributing to the esprit de corps (teamwork, or group spirit) of the unit.
The plan was first tested in October of 1941, at Camp Davis, North Carolina. A studio workshop was set up and a group of soldier artists were placed on special duty to design and decorate the facilities. Additionally, evening recreation art classes were scheduled three times a week. A second test was established at Fort Belvoir, Virginia a month later. The success of these programs lead to more installations requesting the program.
After Pearl Harbor was bombed, the Museum of Modern Art appointed Mr. James Soby, to the position of Director of the Armed Service Program on January 15, 1942. The subsequent program became a combination of occupational therapy, exhibitions and morale-sustaining activities.
Through the efforts of Mr. Soby, the museum program included; a display of Fort Custer Army Illustrators work from February through April 5, 1942. The museum also included the work of soldier-photographers in this exhibit. On May 6, 1942, Mr. Soby opened an art sale of works donated by museum members. The sale was to raise funds for the Soldier Art Program of Special Services Division. The bulk of these proceeds were to be used to provide facilities and materials for soldier artists in Army camps throughout the country.
Members of the Museum had responded with paintings, sculptures, watercolors, gouaches, drawings, etchings and lithographs. Hundreds of works were received, including oils by Winslow Homer, Orozco, John Kane, Speicher, Eilshemius, de Chirico; watercolors by Burchfield and Dufy; drawings by Augustus John, Forain and Berman, and prints by Cezanne, Lautrec, Matisse and Bellows. The War Department plan using soldier-artists to decorate and improve buildings and grounds worked. Many artists who had been drafted into the Army volunteered to paint murals in waiting rooms and clubs, to decorate dayrooms, and to landscape grounds. For each artist at work there were a thousand troops who watched. These bystanders clamored to participate, and classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography were offered. Larger working space and more instructors were required to meet the growing demand. Civilian art instructors and local communities helped to meet this cultural need, by providing volunteer instruction and facilities.
Some proceeds from the Modern Museum of Art sale were used to print 25,000 booklets called “Interior Design and Soldier Art.” The booklet showed examples of soldier-artist murals that decorated places of general assembly. It was a guide to organizing, planning and executing the soldier-artist program. The balance of the art sale proceeds were used to purchase the initial arts and crafts furnishings for 350 Army installations in the USA.
In November, 1942, General Somervell directed that a group of artists be selected and dispatched to active theaters to paint war scenes with the stipulation that soldier artists would not paint in lieu of military duties.
Aileen Osborn Webb, sister of Brigadier General Frederick H. Osborn, launched the American Crafts Council in 1943. She was an early champion of the Army program.
While soldiers were participating in fixed facilities in the USA, many troops were being shipped overseas to Europe and the Pacific (1942-1945). They had long periods of idleness and waiting in staging areas. At that time the wounded were lying in hospitals, both on land and in ships at sea. The War Department and Red Cross responded by purchasing kits of arts and crafts tools and supplies to distribute to “these restless personnel.” A variety of small “Handicraft Kits” were distributed free of charge. Leathercraft, celluloid etching, knotting and braiding, metal tooling, drawing and clay modeling are examples of the types of kits sent.
In January, 1944, the Interior Design Soldier Artist program was more appropriately named the “Arts and Crafts Section” of Special Services. The mission was “to fulfill the natural human desire to create, provide opportunities for self-expression, serve old skills and develop new ones, and assist the entire recreation program through construction work, publicity, and decoration.”
The National Army Art Contest was planned for the late fall of 1944. In June of 1945, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., for the first time in its history opened its facilities for the exhibition of the soldier art and photography submitted to this contest. The “Infantry Journal, Inc.” printed a small paperback booklet containing 215 photographs of pictures exhibited in the National Gallery of Art.
In August of 1944, the Museum of Modern Art, Armed Forces Program, organized an art center for veterans. Abby Rockefeller, in particular, had a strong interest in this project. Soldiers were invited to sketch, paint, or model under the guidance of skilled artists and craftsmen. Victor d’Amico, who was in charge of the Museum’s Education Department, was quoted in Russell Lynes book, Good Old Modern: An Intimate Portrait of the Museum of Modern Art. “I asked one fellow why he had taken up art and he said, Well, I just came back from destroying everything. I made up my mind that if I ever got out of the Army and out of the war I was never going to destroy another thing in my life, and I decided that art was the thing that I would do.” Another man said to d’Amico, “Art is like a good night’s sleep. You come away refreshed and at peace.”
In late October, 1944, an Arts and Crafts Branch of Special Services Division, Headquarters, European Theater of Operations was established. A versatile program of handcrafts flourished among the Army occupation troops.
The increased interest in crafts, rather than fine arts, at this time lead to a new name for the program: The “Handicrafts Branch.”
In 1945, the War Department published a new manual, “Soldier Handicrafts”, to help implement this new emphasis. The manual contained instructions for setting up crafts facilities, selecting as well as improvising tools and equipment, and basic information on a variety of arts and crafts.
As the Army moved from a combat to a peacetime role, the majority of crafts shops in the United States were equipped with woodworking power machinery for construction of furnishings and objects for personal living. Based on this new trend, in 1946 the program was again renamed, this time as “Manual Arts.”
At the same time, overseas programs were now employing local artists and craftsmen to operate the crafts facilities and instruct in a variety of arts and crafts. These highly skilled, indigenous instructors helped to stimulate the soldiers’ interest in the respective native cultures and artifacts. Thousands of troops overseas were encouraged to record their experiences on film. These photographs provided an invaluable means of communication between troops and their families back home.
When the war ended, the Navy had a firm of architects and draftsmen on contract to design ships. Since there was no longer a need for more ships, they were given a new assignment: To develop a series of instructional guides for arts and crafts. These were called “Hobby Manuals.” The Army was impressed with the quality of the Navy manuals and had them reprinted and adopted for use by Army troops. By 1948, the arts and crafts practiced throughout the Army were so varied and diverse that the program was renamed “Hobby Shops.” The first “Interservice Photography Contest” was held in 1948. Each service is eligible to send two years of their winning entries forward for the bi-annual interservice contest. In 1949, the first All Army Crafts Contest was also held. Once again, it was clear that the program title, “Hobby Shops” was misleading and overlapped into other forms of recreation.
In January, 1951, the program was designated as “The Army Crafts Program.” The program was recognized as an essential Army recreation activity along with sports, libraries, service clubs, soldier shows and soldier music. In the official statement of mission, professional leadership was emphasized to insure a balanced, progressive schedule of arts and crafts would be conducted in well-equipped, attractive facilities on all Army installations.
The program was now defined in terms of a “Basic Seven Program” which included: drawing and painting; ceramics and sculpture; metal work; leathercrafts; model building; photography and woodworking. These programs were to be conducted regularly in facilities known as the “multiple-type crafts shop.” For functional reasons, these facilities were divided into three separate technical areas for woodworking, photography and the arts and crafts.
During the Korean Conflict, the Army Crafts program utilized the personnel and shops in Japan to train soldiers to instruct crafts in Korea.
The mid-1950s saw more soldiers with cars and the need to repair their vehicles was recognized at Fort Carson, Colorado, by the craft director. Soldiers familiar with crafts shops knew that they had tools and so automotive crafts were established. By 1958, the Engineers published an Official Design Guide on Crafts Shops and Auto Crafts Shops. In 1959, the first All Army Art Contest was held. Once more, the Army Crafts Program responded to the needs of soldiers.
In the 1960’s, the war in Vietnam was a new challenge for the Army Crafts Program. The program had three levels of support; fixed facilities, mobile trailers designed as portable photo labs, and once again a “Kit Program.” The kit program originated at Headquarters, Department of Army, and it proved to be very popular with soldiers.
Tom Turner, today a well-known studio potter, was a soldier at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina in the 1960s. In the December 1990 / January 1991 “American Crafts” magazine, Turner, who had been a graduate student in art school when he was drafted, said the program was “a godsend.”
The Army Artist Program was re-initiated in cooperation with the Office of Military History to document the war in Vietnam. Soldier-artists were identified and teams were formed to draw and paint the events of this combat. Exhibitions of these soldier-artist works were produced and toured throughout the USA.
In 1970, the original name of the program, “Arts and Crafts”, was restored. In 1971, the “Arts and Crafts/Skills Development Program” was established for budget presentations and construction projects.
After the Vietnam demobilization, a new emphasis was placed on service to families and children of soldiers. To meet this new challenge in an environment of funding constraints the arts and crafts program began charging fees for classes. More part-time personnel were used to teach formal classes. Additionally, a need for more technical-vocational skills training for military personnel was met by close coordination with Army Education Programs. Army arts and crafts directors worked with soldiers during “Project Transition” to develop soldier skills for new careers in the public sector.
The main challenge in the 1980s and 90s was, and is, to become “self-sustaining.” Directors have been forced to find more ways to generate increased revenue to help defray the loss of appropriated funds and to cover the non-appropriated funds expenses of the program. Programs have added and increased emphasis on services such as, picture framing, gallery sales, engraving and trophy sales, etc… New programs such as multi-media computer graphics appeal to customers of the 1990’s.
The Gulf War presented the Army with some familiar challenges such as personnel off duty time in staging areas. Department of Army volunteer civilian recreation specialists were sent to Saudi Arabia in January, 1991, to organize recreation programs. Arts and crafts supplies were sent to the theater. An Army Humor Cartoon Contest was conducted for the soldiers in the Gulf, and arts and crafts programs were set up to meet soldier interests.
The increased operations tempo of the ‘90’s Army has once again placed emphasis on meeting the “recreation needs of deployed soldiers.” Arts and crafts activities and a variety of programs are assets commanders must have to meet the deployment challenges of these very different scenarios.
The Army arts and crafts program, no matter what it has been titled, has made some unique contributions for the military and our society in general. Army arts and crafts does not fit the narrow definition of drawing and painting or making ceramics, but the much larger sense of arts and crafts. It is painting and drawing. It also encompasses:
* all forms of design. (fabric, clothes, household appliances, dishes, vases, houses, automobiles, landscapes, computers, copy machines, desks, industrial machines, weapon systems, air crafts, roads, etc…)
* applied technology (photography, graphics, woodworking, sculpture, metal smithing, weaving and textiles, sewing, advertising, enameling, stained glass, pottery, charts, graphs, visual aides and even formats for correspondence…)
* a way of making learning fun, practical and meaningful (through the process of designing and making an object the creator must decide which materials and techniques to use, thereby engaging in creative problem solving and discovery) skills taught have military applications.
* a way to acquire quality items and save money by doing-it-yourself (making furniture, gifts, repairing things …).
* a way to pursue college credit, through on post classes.
* a universal and non-verbal language (a picture is worth a thousand words).
* food for the human psyche, an element of morale that allows for individual expression (freedom).
* the celebration of human spirit and excellence (our highest form of public recognition is through a dedicated monument).
* physical and mental therapy (motor skill development, stress reduction, etc…).
* an activity that promotes self-reliance and self-esteem.
* the record of mankind, and in this case, of the Army.
What would the world be like today if this generally unknown program had not existed? To quantitatively state the overall impact of this program on the world is impossible. Millions of soldier citizens have been directly and indirectly exposed to arts and crafts because this program existed. One activity, photography can provide a clue to its impact. Soldiers encouraged to take pictures, beginning with WW II, have shared those images with family and friends. Classes in “How to Use a Camera” to “How to Develop Film and Print Pictures” were instrumental in soldiers seeing the results of using quality equipment. A good camera and lens could make a big difference in the quality of the print. They bought the top of the line equipment. When they were discharged from the Army or home on leave this new equipment was showed to the family and friends. Without this encouragement and exposure to photography many would not have recorded their personal experiences or known the difference quality equipment could make. Families and friends would not have had the opportunity to “see” the environment their soldier was living in without these photos. Germany, Italy, Korea, Japan, Panama, etc… were far away places that most had not visited.
As the twenty first century approaches, the predictions for an arts renaissance by Megatrends 2000 seem realistic based on the Army Arts and Crafts Program practical experience. In the April ‘95 issue of “American Demographics” magazine, an article titled “Generation X” fully supports that this is indeed the case today. Television and computers have greatly contributed to “Generation X” being more interested in the visual arts and crafts.
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Prepare for the Digital Switchover


TV viewers from around the world are quickly gearing up for the coming of the digital revolution. This change in broadcasting represents perhaps the biggest advance in television broadcasting since the first black and white sets rolled off the assembly line.

The good news is that the new digital signals will offer superior performance and exceptional clarity. The bad news is that those who are caught unaware my find that their television sets no longer work at all. TV viewers who don’t want to be left in the dark after the digital revolution has passed should be sure to prepare well in advance.

In the UK the conversion from analogue to digital television is being conducted in stages, with each region converting on its own schedule. The conversion to digital broadcasting began in 2008 and will continue until the last region has been converted in the year 2012. At that time all analogue signals will cease, and only televisions equipped with a digital tuner or converted box will be able to receive the new digital signals.

Throughout the United Kingdom free digital broadcasts are supplied through the Freeview service. The extensive coverage network of the Freeview service has put digital television broadcasts within the reach of virtually every resident of the UK. And while many happy television viewers have already been enjoying these high quality digital broadcasts, those who are still receiving old style analogue signals on outdated television sets will need to get ready as the switchover date for their region approaches.

Preparing for the digital switchover has many advantages for the average televison viewer, so it definitely pays to get started early. One of the most important advantages of early conversion is the ability to view additional channels. These additional changes include BBC Three, S4C2, E4, More 4, ITV2, ITV3, FilmFour, CBBC, Cheebies and more.

Those viewers who choose to subscribe to a pay TV service can enjoy even more channels, including channels dedicated to all manner of sports, movies, art, music and more. Pay TV services also provide the ability for viewers to watch their favorite shows on their schedule, certainly an important consideration for today’s busy world.

In order to enjoy all these digital channels and avoid problems after the conversion, TV owners will need to make sure their sets are equipped with a digital tuner. Those who purchased their televisions within the last year can be reasonably sure that their TV has a digital tuner built in, but those with older sets are likely to have an analogue tuner instead. TV owners who are unsure of their sets’ status should consult their owners’ manuals to determine the type of tuner it contains.

If the TV contains a digital tuner, nothing more need be done to start enjoying all the benefits of digital television. If, on the other hand, the set contains only an analogue tuner, it is time to get going. Viewers with old analogue televisions have a number of choices .

Choice #1 – Upgrade to a New TV

Viewers who have been hankering for a new TV may want to use the analogue to digital crossover as an excuse to buy that beautiful new high definition TV. Buying a new TV is a great way for viewers to be sure their television equipment will be able to handle the new digital broadcasts.

There are of course many different digital ready televisions on the market, at all different price ranges. No matter what the budget, viewers should be able to find a set that meets their needs and the needs of the new digital broadcasters.

Choice #2 – Obtain a Digital Converter Box

Those viewers with older TVs who do not wish to purchase a new TV have another option. Those owners of older televisions can obtain a digital box. These easy to use devices can be attached to virtually any television.

Option #3 – BBC Freesat

BBC Freesat is a superb alternative to Freeview, which currently boasts upto 200 free digital channels, and is also broadcasting certain channels in High Definition, for Free! There are no monthly subscriptions and no contracts. All you pay is a one of cost for installation of a satellite dish and Freesat receiver, and you will be ready to receive the service on offer.

Option #3 – Sky TV

Sky are market leaders in the United Kingdom when it comes to the variety of channels and shows on offer. Currently having the largest channel line up, including High Definition programming, on demand box office movies and further technologies to come, it is easy to understand why this service highly regarded with the british public. However, to receive Sky, you do require to commit to a 12 month contract and pay a monthly fee to receive the package of channels you opt for. However, Sky have their own Sky Freesat system, which is free from any subscriptions, but unlike BBC Freesat, they do not provide HD programming.

There are some additional considerations viewers should be aware of, including the need for accessories and other equipment. Some televisions will need new digital aerials in order to receive consistent signals, and it is a good idea for viewers to start looking at TV aerials long before the cutoff date arrives. Again, shopping early is the best way to get the best deal and the highest quality digital aeriels. Preparing for the digital TV revolution will take some work and some planning, but the superior quality of digital broadcasts will make it well worth the effort.

Aerials & Satellites are installers of digital satellite and aerial equipment, and are on hand to provide advice regarding the digital switchover, and how to ensure you are ready for when it happens.

Jimmy Forsyth
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Jimmy Forsyth, photographer, 1913-2009.

Jimmy Forsyth was born in Barry, South Wales on 15 August 1913, the son of John and Bertha Forsyth. On leaving school at 14 he became an apprentice fitter in a cement works repair shop, but later joined the merchant navy. He returned to Wales in 1938 to work for ICI at Hirwaun. He moved to Newcastle as a munitions volunteer in 1943 and found a room in Elswick, just off the Scotswood Road, working for ICI at Prudhoe. Just four days after starting work a metal splinter blinded him in one eye, but he continued to work at ICI in other capacities until 1946, when he was sacked. Following this he took various odd jobs, including running a general store for a while. Some time in the 1950s he acquired a camera and began recording the area he lived in. He continued to take photographs until only a short while before his death. In the late 1970s his black and white negatives were acquired for preservation by Benwell Library, and in 1979 the first exhibition of Jimmy’s work was held at the Side Gallery in Newcastle. The publication of Scotswood Road by Bloodaxe Books in 1986, accompanied by another exhibition at the Side, and followed by a Tyne Tees Television documentary No Fancy Shades brought his work to a wider audience. He was awarded the Halina Award for photography in 1987 and an Open University Master’s degree in 2002.

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TV Over Internet vs a Digital Signal


Many countries mainly in Europe are going through changes in the country’s TV broadcasting signal right now. The tendency is to modernize the old fashioned analog television signal and this alteration is affecting many television users who will have to keep up to date to continue watching Tv. The analog transmission was broadcast in a single frequency while the mordern digital system is based on a discrete terrestrial platform permitting better quality (high definition) audio and images. The modern DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) signal is broadcast in either the MPEG2 or MPEG4 technology where MPEG4 being the latest.

A transformation in television signal, however, can’t be easily done. It entails a lot of high complexity alterations behind the screen, but the most comprehensive effect to some extinct influences the end user who are required to do something to watch the digital television.

This article will assist you figure out if you will have to react on the changes and which options there are available.

First of all, who is affected?

– Those making use of an old fashioned antenna.

If you can count yourself amongst those, here is what you can (should) do to transform your TV transmission and complete the process of a television revolution:

1.Buy a satellite antenna! This is maybe one of the most radical options you can choose, but is very likely also the smartest. When you buy a satellite dish you will no longer be reliant on any transmission transformations, as a matter of fact, you will never again have to worry about it. A satellite transmission is something very different and independent so if the main broadcasting organization decides to update its system within the nearest future you will not be affected. Using a satellite, also opens a new world of channels, enabling you to choose from a larger collection of television channels from all over the world as for an ex. CNN, BBC, TV2 Sport and Fox.

2.Changing to a cable dependent TV network. Though this option very often is limited to people who is housed in bigger building blocks with predecided solutions. This option would solve your problem.

3.Fibernet. Not an option for the majority, but definitely a top-notch solution.

4.Broadband. You can use your broadband IP connection as your TV broadcasting source. This network is digital as a standard and it is in fact possible to make use of it on your television.

5.Get a new flat screen television. The majority of the new TVs have internal digital boxes; the single concern you should be aware of is if they are MPEG4 compatible. If they just support MPEG2 you might have to change it again later on with an external transformer.

6.Internet TV. Did you know you can watch hundreds of television channels on the net? A lot of national TV brands also broadcast live on the internet.

7.Give up on the TV! This is likely not the first choice for the majority of users, but is mentioned here to display the importance of the topic. If you do not act you WILL lose the TV transmission. It is not like in the old days where a bad signal meant dim pictures, the digital times are merciless, now it is everything or nothing.

8.Buy a DVB T Tuner. This is the natural solution for a lot of people in many places. A DVB T Tuner from Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial is an external television transmission adaptor, allowing old TVs to transmit high definition images. It does not need any large antenna or expensive gear, the DVB T tuner is a little container you plug in to and position next to your TV and you are done. This is therefore the most cost efficient option for a majority of people. The main downside is that you will need a DVB T tuner for every TV in the family.

We hope you could use the overview given and that you are now better suited to take a well informed decision. The single thing left for you to do is to take action and do something about this minor annoyance before you are met with a black display.

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Brits in Hollywood: a Look into the American appetite for British television


British talent has long been making tracks in Hollywood, particularly in the realm of television. From scriptwriting to on-screen talent, Brits continue to succeed in selling, developing and importing British television to the US.

But it’s no surprise as to why. The American appetite for British television is sizeable. This spring and summer, American versions of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! , Merlin, and Who Do You Think You Are? will make their debuts on US television. Moreover, with shows like Dancing With the Stars (Strictly Come Dancing) and Wife Swap featuring on US channels, it’s clear that British ideas have become a staple of American television.

The experts have noted that past success with British shows and talent has opened US broadcasters up to British ideas. An established talent agency also said that the American openness to British ideas is recognition that the world has become a smaller place. It was stated that there is much less US arrogance about what might and might not work and that audiences don’t care if it was originally a UK show – they will watch any good television.

Yet it’s not always so simple to break British talent into the US. For instance, Who Do You Think You Are? was first sold to a US channel four years ago, but it initially failed to make any progress. Eventually, it was aired after a popular US television and movie personality helped the show take off in the United States. It has been noted that the case with Who Do You Think You Are? demonstrates the difference between British and American television – in Britain, a good format can sell itself while in America, shows usually have to have somebody famous on board as well.

However, rewards are very different in US television versus in UK television. In Britain, a comedy writer can get between £5,000 and £15,000 an episode, with six episodes in a series, while in the US, a writer’s fee can be anywhere between $ 50,000 (£35,000) and $ 250,000 an episode, with 22 episodes running.

Still, success is a big ‘if’. Very few programmes get past the script stage to a pilot show, and even then, only about 10 per cent make it to air. It subsequently takes at least three successful series before a programme is considered profitable. But once a show gets past all this, it has a decent chance of becoming a hit.

Whether you’re a fan of UK television or US versions of UK programmes, you can catch all your favourite programmes via a satellite television service. Satellite TV usually offers a wide range of channels to choose from, so you can take your pick from both UK and US-adapted British shows. And if your satellite service is paired with digital television, even better – you can watch the best of British TV while enjoying a superior image on your digital TV.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Imagine the Future
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Imagine ‘becoming’ a digital camera.

Imagine that whatever you looked at… whatever you thought about… whatever you dreamed… whatever you felt…

that an image could be created from that.

A real image.

Stored and transmitted.

Imagine that your eyes are the lenses to that camera.

That your brain is the processor.

And imagine that system working in reverse as well.

Like television…

only ‘feelavision.’

Imagine a reality that’s not too far away.

We are on the edge of knowing so much.

A great paradigm shift is close.

The Digital TV Alternative – Internet TV Channels


A lot of nations generally in Europe are going through changes in the national television broadcasting signal as of this moment. The tendency is to renew the old fashioned analog television transmission and this alteration is concerning most television audiences who have to adapt in order to continue enjoying television. The analog transmission was broadcast in a single frequency while the new digital system is built on a discrete terrestrial solution permitting outstanding quality (HD) audio and pictures. The modern DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) signal is delivered in either a MPEG2 or MPEG4 format where MPEG4 is the latest.

A conversion in broadcasting signal, on the other hand, can’t be easily completed. It requires a great deal of technical and physical alterations behind the screen, but the most comprehensive effect to some extinct affects the television audience who will have to act on it to enjoy the digital television.

This paper will help you decide if you need to do something and which options you have.

First of all, who is affected?

– Those making use of an old school antenna.

If you can count yourself amongst those, here is what you can (should) do in order to transform your television signal and prepare yourself for a TV revolution:

1.Buy a satellite antenna! This is maybe one of the most radical actions you can take, but might also be the best. After buying a satellite antenna you will no longer be dependent on any signal updates, as a matter of fact, you will not ever agin have to be bothered with it. The satellite system is something very different and independent so when the national television corporation decides to modernize its system in the coming years you will not be affected. Shifting to a satellite, also opens a new world of channels, where you can choose from a larger range of television channels from all over the globe like for an example BBC, CNN, TV2 Sport and Fox.

2.Shifting to a cable dependent TV network. Though this option often times is limited to people who live in bigger building blocks with predecided solutions. This alternative would resolve your problem.

3.Fibernet. Not an option for most people, but certainly a splendid solution.

4.Broadband. You can use your broadband IP connection as a television broadcasting source. This system is digital as a standard and it is actually possible to exploit it on your television.

5.Obtain a brand new flat screen television. The majority new televisions have internal digital receivers; the single concern you should be aware of is the possibility of them not being MPEG4 compatible. If they only support MPEG2 you can end up having to update again later on possibly with an external converter.

6.Internet TV. It is something many are unaware of, but you can see lots of television channels on the net? Many national television companies also publish live on the internet.

7.Quit the TV! This might not be the first choice for the majority of TV audience, but is added here to demonstrate the significance of the matter. If you do not take action you WILL lose your television signal. It is not like in the old days when a poor signal meant hazy images, the modern days are harsh, now it is all or nothing.

8.Purchase a DVB T Tuner. This option is the natural solution for many in many states. A DVB T Tuner also called a Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial is an external TV transmission transformer, allowing old televisions to publish high definition pictures. It does not need any large antenna or other expensive gear, the DVB T tuner is a little container you connect to and position besides your television and then you are all set. This is because of that the most cost efficient alternative for many. The only drawback is that you will need one DVB T tuner for every TV in your house.

We hope you could use the content given and that you are now better suited to take a well informed decision. The single thing left for you to do is to take action and do something about this minor annoyance before you are met with a black screen.

Ole Jensen is a media advocate read more about Internet TV and TV2 Sport

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What is the Deal with Digital?


Most of us are aware that television in the UK is going digital. Some countries underwent this process as long as 2006 and some aren’t planning on doing so until 2015. The UK is sitting somewhere in the middle, with a complete switchover due to be executed by 2012.

So what’s the big fuss about? Is the difference between analogue and digital so extreme that the world must make the switch? Well, yes. The benefits of digital television are immense and certainly worth embracing – and, after the switchover, they’ll be something everybody can enjoy.

For example, one thing that comes with digital television is a number of new channels that previously weren’t available on terrestrial. You’ll also enjoy a superior picture quality that will help bring your favourite dramas to life – not to mention the detail on documentaries. Television can become a whole new experience with increased quality – you’ll probably wonder how you were ever able to watch analogue to begin with.

Alongside extra channels and improved picture quality and reliability, digital television also means you can listen to digital radio on your TV – which is convenient for radio fans as they can channel hop easily and switch to a TV channel in instants.

There are also features that will make television easier to navigate than ever. You may have seen a lot of ‘push the red button’ action calls on TV in recent times. This is a part of the digital sphere’s hope to make television more interactive. When you press the red button, you might be taken to competition information, latest news, sports updates, weather forecasts and travel reports and specific channels even offer interactive games and stories for very young children. You can also join in with programmes as you watch them if they invite you to ‘have your say’.

Another extra that digital television will bring is the convenience of on-screen TV listings, meaning TV guides can be forever banished – which is just as well, considering how likely you are to lose them at the most inconvenient times. You’ll be able to move between different channels – often whilst still watching the current programme – and plan your TV schedule with the minimum of fuss.

The switchover to digital television is an exciting time signifying the growth of technology towards better quality and a higher standard. The UK will be completely switched over by the end of 2012 – and television looks set to become even better.

Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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Install tv wall mounting set-up to improve Digital Television Experience


Watching a John Wayne classic on LED screen is probably one of the best experiences one can ever come across. However, an LED screen is just one ingredient which can offer a great movie experience. There are other factors which can’t be ignored at any cost. Digital TV set-up happens to be the most important factor out of the lot.

Opting for digital television service is probably one of the wisest things any home owner can invest in. Besides offering movie theatre-like experience, a digital set top box ensures users are able to reduce monthly TV consumption bill. And the effect shows up right from the first month of its implementation.

We can go a mile ahead in improving the overall television viewing experience if we install the TV wall mounting set-up. This arrangement coupled with digital satellite connection will offer the same feel that we usually get in a movie theatre. The favourite Hollywood flicks can be enjoyed over some chilled beer, right in the comfort of the warm and cosy living room. Wall TV mounting set-up is what you can come across in most urban home/ apartments throughout the US and large parts of the APAC region. Primarily, it’s the convenience that drives more and more home owners to accept such layouts. And then, it allows great space utilisation, as well.

Adding a TV wall mounting set-up is how you can improvise further, after becoming a digital satellite television user. I feel that it offers a certain amount of comfort to the viewers, giving them a taste of true theatre-like experience. Installing the digital TV antenna is an important part of the overall project. This has to be done by trained pros, only. Don’t fancy your chances by trying to install the digital television satellite antenna on your roof without any professional help. Be rest assured, you are going to make a royal mess out of it. And if the antenna’s not installed properly, the entire effort will be utterly useless.

I have been teaming up with a bunch of technicians to ensure everything’s just fine with my digital TV antenna. Costs involved in maintaining the whole set-up has been well within my budget. As for the TV wall mounting set-up, it requires no real maintenance. Once installed with reasonable precision, it will last you for several years together.

TV wall mounting set-ups perfectly complement digital satellite television systems. Better pictures, better sound, and an overall amazing experience are what the users get each time they switch on their TV. These set-ups are also perfect for single-room apartments, especially if we have a bachelor living in there. That’s exactly what holds true for me.

I have installed the TV wall mounting set-up around last Easter, it was when I became a digital television user. And I must confess I have been extremely satisfied with the service and the overall experience. I have also been able to bring down the monthly bill by a few dollars each month.

James Taylor is a lifestyle home remodeler, based in Perth. He has recently installed a TV wall mounting set-up in his apartment. Undoubtedly, he’s very satisfied with the kind of service he’s enjoying at the moment.

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