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Tuesday, February 02, 1999

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Things you may want to know about digital TV:

When will it be available?
The federal government requires Pittsburgh affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to begin broadcasting in digital television by Nov. 1, 1999. As of now, only WTAE is broadcasting in digital on a low-power basis.

How can I see it?
At this point, you can't. Digital TV requires a set capable of receiving digital signals. Those sets are expected to cost about $5,000 initially. A less expensive option (about $350) would be to purchase a set-top converter, which allows a regular TV set to receive the digital signal, with an improved picture and sound quality, but not quite as good as a digital TV.

What's HDTV?
HDTV is the clearest, best picture available by digital transmission. WTAE is broadcasting in HDTV, but stations also have the option of multicasting. Multicasting means the station could send out multiple channels (Channel 51A, Channel 51B, Channel 51C, etc.).

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