An analog HDTV proposal from 1988
|One for each congressional district. We can finally utilize
SEMITECH, an earlier example of government subsidized electronics. We
can have them design a chip for the new TV. It will be a 74AHLP897. Yep,
an Advanced High Level Pork barrel shifter. Its a good thing the
Japanese don't have a free market or they'd really be kicking our butts.
There may be an alternative. The TV channel utilization is not saturated in any U.S. city. Let a broadcaster purchase one of the available UHF channels. They could then broadcast the same program on both channels. One channel would be the odd rasters of the existing 1000+ line resolution studio quality image. The other channel would display the even rasters. Both would be NTSC signals able to be displayed on any TV. The double exposure would be beneficial in itself as our education system cannot seem to produce graduates capable of comprehending a TV GUIDE. An HDTV would have two receivers which could be user programmed to associate the two common channel numbers or this information could be encoded in the vertical blanking interval. The TV would then interlace the rasters from the two channels to recreate the studio quality image.
Send a little of that billion dollars to Silicon Valley. Big John Massa (my mentor) and myself will call up Jim Williams, Bob Pease and a few other ringers and we'll ship product in six months. Then the aristocrats in Washington can argue about the best way to implement 2000 raster photo quality TV with our tax money. I could watch Addams Family reruns in studio quality by Christmas. Never mind. I just checked my 1988 receipts. Seems I didn't buy any Congressmen, so don't expect this plan to be implemented.
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