Digital TV Resources
KQED's Transmitter/Tower Location
Mt. Sutro Tower specs:
Latitude: 37.45.20 N (Decimal: 37.75556)
Longitude: 122.27.05 W (Decimal: -122.45139)
Site elevation at base: 834 feet AMSL
Height of DT-9 antenna on tower: apx 760 feet
DT-9 Effective Radiated Power (ERP): 777 Kw
Digital TV: A Cringely Crash Course
Good starting site for beginners. Robert X. Cringely offers a brief history of TV; basic illustrations of concepts like 4:3 vs. 16:9 aspect ratios, old vs. new pixels, and digital vs. analog TV; compressed bandwidth, Dolby Digital/AC-3 sound, multicasting vs. high-definition, and more. He wraps up with a look at the many faces of HDTV in the future.
AV Science Forum
Highly recommended by many of KQED's HDTV viewers as a friendly and informative place to both learn about and discuss "features, tricks, and problems with the high-tech toy of our interest in a relaxed, safe environment," including HDTV.
Yahoo's HDTV in SFBAY Group
A place to ask questions about the latest 8VSB HDTV equipment and stations.
PBS Digital Television
Discover how PBS is incorporating digital television technologies into everything from your computer to your child's favorite doll.
HDTV Headline News
Daily news source.
Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)
An international organization that is establishing voluntary technical standards for advanced television systems, including digital HDTV, SDTV, data broadcasting, multichannel surround-sound audio, and Satellite direct-to-home broadcasting. Visitors can explore the history of the ATSC Digital Television Standards adopted by the FCC in December of 1996 for the nation's next generation of broadcast television.
CNET's HDTV Explained
Good general information source.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
A trade association of US consumer electronics manufacturers. CEA shapes legislation, develops engineering standards for new technologies and sponsors trade shows for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and the press.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Independent US government agency, directly responsible to Congress, and charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Possessions.
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
The NAB represents the radio and television industries before Congress, the FCC, federal agencies, the courts, and internationally. At the NAB site, learn about numerous issues facing the broadcast industry - including the implementation of digital TV.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates the Earth
April 22 is Earth Day, but KQED is celebrating our planet all month long. Tune in for special programs, attend special events, and find more resources online.
Where's the Rain?
KQED covers news about California's drought, offers water-saving tips, and more.