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Analog vs. Digital: What in God’s Creation is Analog? And Why do We Need Digital?

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The U.S. broadcast system is embarking on a transition that is the result of technological advancements. It will make better use of resources most importantly our broadband spectrum and enhance the quality of our broadcasting. Although complicated at a glance, the transition has been a progression over a number of years and will leave no one in a compromising position!

Analog televisions send signals which tell the TV’s electron gun how to portray lines on the screen. Unfortunately, this signal degrades during transmission. Analog signals are affected by changes in physical phenomena, for example, temperature, position, pressure, sound and light. This lessons the amount of fine detail in the image. Digital televisions use bit streams, lines of data consisting of ones and zeros, to send this same information. Digital signals do not degrade, therefore the picture is much better on a digital television set. They do have limitations in resolution and bandwidth similar to Analog. It is difficult to detect when degradation occurs in an analog signal but a digital systems’ degradation can not only be detected but repaired.

This knowledge enables us to immediately choose the television which will yield the better picture with all things being equal. However, the source signal also needs to be considered. As sources go, Analog is good, Analog cable is better and Digital cable/Digital satellite is best. According to an article titled TV Buying Guide by Robert Valdes, “a DVD will look better on a low-end television than an analog broadcast antenna signal will look on a high-end HDTV. That is because the quality of the digital signal sent to the analog set is far superior to the analog signal sent to the digital HDTV.”

In response to technological advances in digital programming, we are seeing a complete transition from Analog to Digital. This transition has been a long time coming! In 1996 U.S. Congress authorized an additional broadcast channel to each broadcast TV station so they could simultaneously broadcast analog and digital. U.S. Congress later announced that February 17, 2009 would be the last day for full power television stations to broadcast in analog. In 2006, all new televisions which were 25″ or larger were required to be DTV ready. The requirement was then expanded in March 2007 to include all new televisions 13″ or larger.

The switch to solely Digital broadcasting will free up significant portions of our valuable broadcast spectrums. This can be used for public safety communications as well as auctioned to companies who provide wireless services etc. This transition will also allow a broadcaster to offer super sharp high definition programming or multiple standard definition programs through a process referred to as multicasting. Multicasting allows a broadcaster to offer several channels of digital programming at the same time using the same amount of spectrum required for one analog program.

Analogue sets will need to employ the use of a Digital-to-Analog converter box after February 17, 2009. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is offering coupons for converter boxes which are valued at 40 dollars, limited to 2 per household. The cost of the converter boxes are estimated between 40 and 70 dollars. Furthermore, Digital TV sets are backward compatible which means that existing analogue equipment such as VCRs, DVD players, camcorders and computer game consoles will work on digital TV sets.

The U.S. is embarking on a transition that is the result of technological advancements. As of February 2009, we will make better use of resources most importantly our broadband spectrum and enhance the quality of our broadcasting. The transition has been a progression over a number of years and will leave no one in a compromising position!

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The Preservation of Digital Television
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Digital TV Options

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Pleanty of countries mostly among the European countries are going through adjustments in the country’s TV broadcasting signal at the moment. The tendency is to modernize the out dated analog TV transmission and this mordernization is affecting most television users who have to adapt in order to continue using their Tv. The analog transmission was broadcast in a single frequency while the updated digital system is based on a discrete terrestrial solution resulting in excellent quality (high definition) sound and images. The newly introduced DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) signal is sent in either a MPEG2 or MPEG4 format with MPEG4 being the latest.

A change in TV signal, nevertheless, isn’t easily done. It requires a lot of physical and technical alterations on the back end, but the most comprehensive consequence actually concerns the television audience who will have to do something in order to enjoy the digital TV.

This publication will assist you to know if you are one of those that will have to take action and which options you have.

Essentially, who is affected?

-Those using an old school antenna.

If you are among that group, here is what you can (should) do in order to adjust your television transmission and prepare yourself for a TV revolution:

1.purchase a satellite dish! This might be one of the most radical options you can choose, but might also be the smartest. After buying a satellite system you will no longer be dependent on any transmission changes, as a matter of fact, you will not ever agin have to be bothered with it. A satellite system is something very different and independent so if the national TV firm decides to renew its platform in the nearest future you will not be affected. Using a satellite, also opens a new world of channels, enabling you to choose from a wider collection of television channels from all over the planet like for an instance BBC, CNN, TV2 Sport and Fox.

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

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

4.Broadband. You can use your broadband net connection as the TV broadcasting source. This platform is digital in nature and it is in fact possible to make use of it on your television.

5.Acquire a brand new LCD TV. Most new TVs have inbuilt digital receivers; the only 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 converter.

6.Internet TV. It is something many are unaware of, but you are able to follow hundreds of TV channels on the net? Pleanty of major TV brands also publish live on the net.

7.Quit the television! This is probably not the first choice for most of the users, but is included here to demonstrate the significance of the matter. If you do not react you WILL lose your TV signal. It is not like in the past where a bad signal ended with unclear images, the modern times are ruthless, it is all or nothing.

8.Buy a DVB T Tuner. This option is the easiest solution for a majority of people in many states. The DVB T Tuner abbreviated from Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial is an external TV transmission converter, permitting old televisions to transmit HD pictures. It does not need any fancy antenna or expensive device, the DVB T tuner is a small box you connect to and place besides your television and you are good to go. This is because of that the most cost efficient alternative for most. The only drawback is that you need one DVB T tuner for every TV in your house.

We hope you could use the info 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 problem before you are met with a black display.

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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Ghost Prayin
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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Ghost Prayin

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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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Digital Television Is New And Interesting

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Digital Television (DTV) is an advanced broadcasting technology that has transformed your television viewing experience. DTV has enable broadcasters to offer television with better picture and sound quality. Digital broadcast builds on considerably expanded viewing options delivered through cable or satellite.

Digital television is changing the way individuals engage with the the media, offering a more interactive and viewer centered approach to the television watching experience. Along with satellite television, the introduction of digital television has revolutionized the entire TV industry, and has had profound affects on a number of other industries too.

Digital television is an expression of postmodern culture, which directs the communality of digital television. Traditionally the media endeavour to produce audiences. Digital television is a method of sending television program broadcasts from the broadcasters to your television sets. It works by converting the pictures and sounds into small pieces of data which are compressed and sent from the broadcaster to your television set.

Digital television is a new, interesting, and has a rich platform for developing next generation multimedia services. One of the key digital television standards is Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) which includes hardware devices and software architecture. Digital television is a multibillion-dollar industry with commercial systems now being deployed worldwide.

DTV will expand broadcasting capabilities to include three formats: HDTV, multicasting, and datacasting. The highest quality will be HDTV, providing an image far superior to that available on analog sets. DTV information will require a different kind of receiver than standard television signals. Manufacturers have developed converter boxes that will allow viewers to receive DTV programs on their regular TV sets.

HDTV is also capable of displaying the rectangular widescreen view familiar to moviegoers, a view called the 16:9 ratio. Conventional TV displays have a 4:3 ratio. HDTV offers us a new way of looking at the world. Just as color TV transformed the medium when it became popular during the 1960s, digital television represents another wave of the future.

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Tokyo Skytree Tōkyō Sukaitsurī is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 metres in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa.

The tower is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region; the older Tokyo Tower no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by high-rise buildings. Skytree was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower opening to the public on 22 May 2012.

The tower is the centrepiece of a large commercial development funded by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK. Trains stop at the adjacent Tokyo Skytree Station and nearby Oshiage Station, and the complex is only 7 km north-east of Tokyo Station.

Digital Tuners: A Must While Switching From Regular To Digital Television

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As most of us know by now, the transition has begun as we all slowly make the switch from regular analog television to digital television. In some years to come people will notice that the cable will be gone forever and only the digital television will prevail!

As a lot of people have come to accept the shift it is becoming more and more outlandish. The settings in the analog television cannot be changed to anything more than just the color. So goodbye to your analog TV if you love it and don’t want to part with it, because eventually you’ll either accept digital or you won’t watch television. This is not a problem for a lot of people as they are very happy with the clarity of the digital television than the earlier analog one.

The proper equipment will be needed for your television if you plan on watching digital TV. It is a choice that one wants to make from so many varieties that are present like terrestrial reception digital cable TV or the satellite TV. It is the digital terrestrial TV that is the latest craze as a lot of people are preferring it now. It is quite complex for the persons staying in remote places as they need to go in for an upgrade when the signal is very weak. This is the downside about digital terrestrial television; it is not certain to work in all areas, especially areas that do not have a large population in that particular region.

It is the digital tuners that is one of the most advanced addition to the equipment of the digital television. The tuners of the digital and the analog television are quite dissimilar. The earlier televisions and VCRs had their tuners inside them. As the television and the VCR have to be in congruence while watching the digital TV one has to even change the digital VCR. For taking up the subscription one has to choose the right kind of digital television service. You can also get more than one tuner and a video recording set from reputable companies. There is so much advancement in the technology these days that one can record one program while watching another so that the program is not missed.

As you can see so far, there are some great benefits and more options with digital television. While the switch can make you displeased when you accept it you will soon realize that it is a lot better than the old analog television you had. Even if the new equipment that has to be purchased costs more it will be a wise decision as one can really have the pleasure of watching television in a happy way. Another thing to take note of on the positive side is that you will receive a lot more channels because digital television has a low bandwidth.

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Tokyo Skytree Tōkyō Sukaitsurī is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 metres in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa.

The tower is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region; the older Tokyo Tower no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by high-rise buildings. Skytree was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower opening to the public on 22 May 2012.

The tower is the centrepiece of a large commercial development funded by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK. Trains stop at the adjacent Tokyo Skytree Station and nearby Oshiage Station, and the complex is only 7 km north-east of Tokyo Station.

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A Digital TV Antenna Installation Lets You Enjoy 17 Freeview Channels

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Television technology has grown leaps and bounds over the years: Plasmas, LCDs, LEDs and now Smart TVs have replaced the traditional analogue television sets we have been used to. We are able to enjoy clearer, life-like pictures and distortion-free, crisp sounds thanks to advanced digital reception capabilities. Along with the advancements in TV technology, the reception technology has also evolved. The humble TV antenna has been replaced by its digital counterpart who beams plenty of free-to-air television stations, also known as free-view, to most Australian households.

If you have an analogue television set, you don’t have to buy a new TV. A digital antenna installation is what you need. Together with a set top box, you can enjoy all the new stations that follow a different frequency bandwidth as well as all the analogue stations you are used to watching. Many Australian cities have benefited from this transition and people are now accessing 17 or more quality free-view channels without spending an extra dollar. Get in touch with a certified antenna installer in your area and experience digital TV reception at its best.

Hire digital aerial experts and enjoy TV the way it’s meant to be

But why choose someone else when you can do the installation yourself? The answer is simple. You won’t have to worry about fidgeting with complicated equipment or climbing onto rooftops to change over aerials. In addition, experienced service providers are able to precisely evaluate your digital aerial needs to ensure you get the best possible reception for your viewing pleasure. They also make sure you have access to all the latest digital stations like Gem and 7 mates without having to spend extra cash for a new TV.

It’s time to call in the experts if you haven’t experienced digital television yet. They will be able to supply you with a compatible digital TV aerial which will amaze you with the range of new stations at your disposal. The number and quality of the new television channels is comparable with pay television; so, if your television doesn’t have digital technology, you are surely missing out on all the free benefits. Kick back, relax and enjoy a wide variety of new TV shows you didn’t even know existed. Dial a reputed installer and feel the difference digital technology offers today.

What more can you expect from your antenna specialist?

Here are some of the other benefits of employing the services of digital antenna specialists:

Professional installations backed by a full, no-fuss warranty

Qualified technicians

Local franchises for prompt, flexible service schedules

Digital TV upgrades

Antenna systems

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One Nation Under CCTV
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“What kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. Something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons.” George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four

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It’s been a while since I opened up Photoshop for a bit of cheeky image editing, so here’s the latest experimental result! This one depicts a very British dystopia. George Orwell remains an infinitely quotable chap for this sort of subject, and I highly recommend his thought-provoking literary works. ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ was a truly visionary undertaking – it foreshadowed the concept of a surveillance society long before the development of modern day technologies that would make it all possible.

Britain is leading the world when it comes to CCTV. It has one and a half times as many surveillance cameras as communist China. The exact number of them in the UK is not known but an estimate in 2002 counted the figure at well over four million. The methodology of collecting such statistics is rather vague but reasonable research suggests that our country now has one camera for every 14 people.

The security infrastructure being created, whilst valid in many respects, presents a plethora of worrying possibilities. The coupling of CCTV cameras with facial recognition algorithms that track people through crowds, read registration plates and log all this data for future use is handy for current civil enforcement but leaves the door open for the state of the future to have profound levels of control over society.

(Thanks go to Richard Dawkins and the editors of Boing Boing for using the image to illustrate this article and sending lots of visitors here as a result.)

Digital Technology Uses A Two Way Communication

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Many of our clients and online business partners have asked us on numerous occasions – What is high definition television and how can we benefit from its technology? Is the picture quality that much better? What are the picture sizes that are available? Is it that much better than a regular antenna? Well, HD television is a new form of digital television, and it operates from a digital foundation. That’s why you need Digital Cable, digital satellite service, or a new digital rooftop antenna to receive it.

High Definition Television is on the rise these days with most new television sets supporting HDTV. The bigger named HD television providers are constantly expanding their HD channel lineup and packages to meet the growing demand from consumers that want to dive into the HD experience.

Digital technology uses two way communication and video compression to transmit more channels through the cable frequency, offering greater channel choice, control and convenience. Digital Television requires a set top box to deliver programming, but it does not require a special television set.

Digital TV signals also eliminated snow, static and other signal interruptions analog broadcasting is susceptible to. Digital cable works well and is pretty easy if there is not enough signal. DBmv is the standard unit of measure, and the target is around -10 to 0 at the set for a good picture.

Resolutions for television are 480, 720 and 1080. These numbers indicate how many pixels are viewable on any particular display type. Resolutions may be 480, 720 or 1080 vertical progressive lines of resolution or 480 and 1080 interlaced lines of resolution. Many receivers do not support 1080p. Resolution refers to the number of pixels on the screen and is given in vertical pixel measurements. For example, “1080” represents the resolution 1920×1080, which means that the screen has 1,920 horizontal pixels and 1,080 vertical pixels.

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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Bottom of the Eiffel Tower
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Army Photography Contest – 2007 – FMWRC – Arts and Crafts – Bottom of the Eiffel Tower

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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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Verizon Fios TV is 100% Digital

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Get 100% Digital TV with Verizon FiOS

Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about new Verizon FiOS. You may have heard it’s an all-fiber-optic Internet service. Perhaps you’ve heard it’s an all-digital television service far superior to cable. Which is it? Yes. Verizon FiOS is an Internet access service, and also 100% digital television.

“100% Digital” means that Verizon FiOS TV brings fiber-optic, digital television signal all the way into your home. While many cable providers brag about “fiber-optic connections”, no one but Verizon brings fiber-optic all the way into your home. Cable companies only provide fiber-optic to the curb. As you can imagine, a truly 100% digital connection brings you much better picture and sound in your home theater system than cable.

Verizon FiOS TV brings you HD television over its fiber-optic network, providing the absolute best quality. You’ve invested in the best television and home theater equipment; it only makes sense to subscribe to the best television service, as well. That means Verizon FiOS, for 100% fiber-optic digital signal.

You will enjoy the On-Demand television selections from Verizon, which allow you to watch what you want, when you want. With your busy schedule, Verizon’s On-Demand service will help you keep up with your favorite shows and spend your free time the way you want. On-Demand also means you can watch movies from home without the expense and aggravation of going to the theater, and enjoy the hottest new feature films any time.

You’ll also enjoy a dual-tuner Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Telelvison networks have a knack for scheduling great shows back-to-back. Now you don’t have to choose. You can record one show while watching another, and play your DVR recording back whenever you want. No more fussing with a VCR or trying to find a blank tape; with DVR from Verizon FiOS you’ll easily record and play back your favorite shows.

Verizon FiOS offers the best premium channels available, of course, and you will enjoy access to your favorite premium series and new movies. Whether you’re a fan of Dexter or prefer the latest movies, you’ll find the premium channels you love with Verizon.

If you love watching shows from across the world, Verizon FiOS is for you, with a wide variety of international channels available right within your FiOS subscription. Keep in touch with what’s going on “back home”, or just enjoy a bit of culture from around the planet. With Verizon FiOS, it’s easy.

If you’re currently paying for cable or satellite television, you’ll be amazed at the difference when you switch to Verizon FiOS. You’ll love the high-quality picture and sound that do justice to your television and speakers. You’ll enjoy having the best television and movies available at the click of a button with On-Demand services. You’ll wonder how you lived without the dual-tuner DVR, as you record one show while watching another–without fussing with VCRs and searching for blank tapes. And you’ll find the variety of content available from international networks and premium channels staggering.

If you value your television time and want the best available viewing experience, you owe it to yourself to get Verizon FiOS.

Russell Blanc manages an online resource about broadband and Verizon Fios TV

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Switch to Digital TV Slows Down

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The plan to switch to digital television in the United States has been in the works for years. But with the deadline in February 2009, some states have stalled the process.

The United States Congress has postponed the deadline for all states to go digital until the middle of June 2009, though hundreds of stations managed to make the change on time for the original deadline, while some even had permission to turn off their analog signals early.

The problems thought to accompany the switch were not seen everywhere – big cities in California made the switch with minimal problems, as fears surrounding blank screens and pixelated images refused to materialise. According to some reports in the media, the number of complaints that followed the switch was much lower than anticipated.

Months of public service announcements and outreach has left many people aware that the programming would be switching over. The Federal Communications Commission had previously spent months touring seniors and community centres to discuss the change. What’s more, according to a recent study, about five million households – totalling just over four per cent of the country’s population – were unprepared for the switch.

Television owners who already receive cable or satellite TV service will be unaffected by the switch, as are those who have recently purchased new television sets that can receive digital signals. It’s those who own older television sets that will be affected, as they have to purchase a digital converter box.

Recently, an agency which provided vouchers for converter boxes was reported to have run out of money in January, and many retailers sold out ahead of time, leaving many owners unable to watch TV. These difficulties led the government to postpone the absolute deadline for all stations to have switched over to digital. Countries around the world have been following suit, with the United Kingdom planning to make the full switch before the end of 2012.

The benefits of digital television have been touted, as the switch increases the number of channels available. Some digital programmes will become more interactive, and more services will be available to those with visual and audio impairments. Those with digital television will also have more options when it comes to watching shows no matter when they air. With advancements in digital TV recording, services like Sky Plus provide the option of digitally recording shows for viewers to watch at a later date through devices like Sky boxes.

Of course, it may take time for the digital switchover to be complete, but there are clearly many advantages for television owners when it eventually takes place.

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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Go into the future with digital television

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There is nothing like coming home at the end of a long day, sitting down, and enjoying a bit of television. Or, if one works nights, the anticipation of catching a few of the morning shows is the perfect way to unwind before catching that afternoon nap. Digital television enhances these experiences. Unlike analog, digital provides a wide variety of channels and programming; it also delivers multimedia and other electronic services. Then there is the picture quality. Digital television exhibits high-definition features that are nothing like what one experiences with analog. Colors are deeper, contrasts are sharper, and sounds are clearer with digital. One gets true home entertainment value through this rich new television medium.

Digital television is delivered through a satellite receiver; and the quality of the receiver is what determines the quality of the picture. Needless to say, not all receivers are the same. But one of the best units on the market is the Dreambox 8000. This receiver is High Definition, and it includes pluggable tuner modules and a DVD drive. The Dreambox 8000 is known for producing excellent screen quality and for being especially easy to install and operate. Most vendors selling the unit include a one year warranty; although the Dreambox 8000 is reliable, it is important to have the assurance that one can return it if one has received a defective unit.

Digital represents a leap forward in home recreation. There has simply been nothing like it in television before. The Dreambox 8000, for example, includes plug-ins, which gives the unit multi-functionality as an entertainment system; one is able to play and video games, or engage a number of stream media at one’s discretion. Nowadays, one has a great many choices as to the kind of information or amusement one wants at any given time; it is therefore important to have an ability to switch quickly from one forum to another. With its robust adaptability the Dreambox 8000 is the perfect receiver for 21st century play.

The other thing one is naturally concerned with in choosing a digital receiver is cost. Digital technology is fast becoming ubiquitous. Soon there will be few places that don’t offer digital and, perhaps most importantly, even fewer places that do offer analog. This greater technological fact has driven the overall prices of digital satellite receivers down. It therefore behooves those looking for deals on digital to be diligent, for one can find competitive prices if one looks carefully.

The worldwide web is a good place to begin. A 21st century entertainment system is best found using a 21st century shopping system. Fortunately, there are many web-based firms that offer great deals on digital receivers like the Dreambox 8000. Such companies usually allow one to purchase the unit over the web and can be relied upon to package and ship the box expeditiously. As mentioned before, the world is going digital. If one is thinking of making the transition, now is the time. Get ahead and discover the joys of high definition television and multimedia capability.

Digital represents a leap forward in home recreation. There has simply been nothing like it in television before. The Dreambox 8000 is known for producing excellent screen quality and for being especially easy to install and operate. For more information about this unit please visit http://www.dreambox-8000.com.

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What You Should Know About Getting Quality Digital TV Packages

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Most television viewers today try to get the most channels they can for the least amount of money. When looking for digital TV packages, there are some things you should consider before you make your decision.

You Get What You Pay For

The first thing you should consider are the monthly charges. Satellite TV companies price satellite packages based on the individual channels you subscribe to. Cable TV packages basically charge you per package and not by the channels you receive. Cable TV packages are often less expensive than satellite TV packages; however, Satellite TV has higher quality and better programming options.

Programming

Satellite TV can support over 250 channels and each and every channel is digital quality. You may not always get all the local channels you want. A satellite TV system does provide for many HDTV channels and streaming video options. You will have just as many channels along with local channels with cable TV. You also receive Video on Demand with cable digital television and some HDTV channels, if your television supports it.

Equipment

With a cable company, a receiver must be installed on each television in the home and you will have to lease that equipment. This means if you stop the service you will have to return their equipment. With satellite TV, you will have a receiver installed in your home as well as one outside. Each television in your home does not have to have a receiver installed on the television with satellite television. When you purchase a satellite dish you own it, which means if you stop subscribing to their service you will not have to return it to them.

Extras

High quality digital satellite systems include a TV tuner card, which can be used to watch television on your computer. If you enjoy watching TV on your computer, this is something you might want to consider when you are looking at satellite packages. There are also DVRs and other extras that could help you decide which TV provider to go with.

All digital TV packages are comparable in price, and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. Look at the channels that are offered with each package as you are making your choice. Make sure the one you choose to go with includes the channels that you watch most often. A high quality package should include all of the channels you want. Compare the packages that are offered by each company you are looking at. The price could go higher with packages for HD television. A high quality programming package should offer you many different HDTV programs that you can watch on your television.

Wilbert Haands wanted to make a change and see who had the best prices so he looked at all the cable and satellite TV packages available. DISH has the best satellite TV deals, specials and much more so you won’t have to miss a thing.

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Ernie whispers into Bert’s ear: "I know just what you need to cheer you up…"
Bert: "…I think that I’d like that!"
to be continued

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About Bert and Ernie

Bert and Ernie are two roommates on the long-running television show Sesame Street. The two appear together in numerous skits, forming a comic duo that is one of the centerpieces of the program. Originated by Frank Oz and Jim Henson, the characters are currently performed by Muppeteers Eric Jacobson and Steve Whitmire, with Oz performing Bert occasionally since 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_and_Ernie

I always thought that Bert and Ernie are the perfect couple. I admire them and I cherish them. I also thought that they are the ideal husbands, and I wish that my love life is as rich and colorful as theirs.

A few years back, I met someone (who shall remain anonymous) who was an executive producer at the Children’s Television Workshop, and I said: you know they are so gay… He said: They look gay because they *are* gay.

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