From the desk of: Sam C. Chan

Briefing: DVD Formats & TV Broadcast

February 19, 2008


This morning Toshiba (leader of the HD-DVD camp) announced their exit of market, thus ending the protracted format war over what should supersede the DVD. The Blu-ray Disc Association (Sony, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Thomson, LG Electronics, Hitachi, Sharp, and Samsung) has won. The adoption of new format will now begin in earnest, both in entertainment and IT sectors.


Per FCC laws, on Feb 17, 2009 (a year from today), all analog TV broadcast in the US will cease.

If you have old TV sets that you intend to use, a signal converter and a new antenna would be required. You're on your own with the new antenna, but the government offers a $40 coupon to help offset the cost of signal converter. It's first come first serve, and you must apply:



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