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What Is IDTV?

IDTV features may allow users to search for specific television programs.
IDTV hardware may allow the ability to connect a digital television to a computer.
Prior to 2009, televisions in the U.S. could receive analog TV signals, but now only digital signals are used and special adapters are needed for old-style televisions.
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IDTV stands for Integrated Digital Television, which is a specific type of television that has a digital tuner inside of it. This includes any television that receives a digital signal through a variety of different types of media without the addition of peripheral components. In other words, an integrated digital television does not need a set top box to convert digital television signals; instead, this functionality is built directly into the device. IDTV offers enhanced technology that is integrated directly into the television set to provide better quality viewing.

The digital connection can be provided by a telephone line or cable service, allowing viewers to enjoy a range of television viewing options. Most TVs allow for analog signals to also be received. Some TV sets require a set top box to convert the analog signals so they can be received effectively. Users can choose to purchase other hardware that provides them with more or different viewing options other than those already provided by the digital set.

Digital television offers features, including improved reception and a widescreen picture, which allow for great viewing quality. The advantages of enhanced technology provide an array of new features that far exceeds that of the traditional analog system of the past. IDTV uses the same media features as that of the Internet, and in some cases, the integrated digital TV contains a media extender. This piece of hardware provides the ability to connect the digital television directly to a computer or the Internet.

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In addition to the wide screen and high quality reception, electronic program guides (EPGs) are yet another potential feature. EPGs allow viewers to search for specific programs and then get an overview of the show to decide if they want to watch it. They also have the capability to schedule programs in advance or use the personal planner features to be reminded when certain shows are airing.

Interactive television is also sometimes available. With this functionality, viewers can actually interact with content while they are viewing it. They can view sports scores or click to another channel to find additional information about actors or statistics that may be relevant to the program. These options enhance the experience of television and allow the viewer a significant level of control over his or her television options with just the click of a button.

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honeybees
Post 3

There have been many times that I have been frustrated with our digital TVs.

While I enjoy the clear picture and wide screen capability, I don't know if the reception is always better.

It seems like our digital TVs will cut in and out much more often than our older TVs ever did. This is really frustrating when you are watching the news or anything where you don't want to miss one word of what is being said.

I will say, this has improved since digital TV was first made available. It seemed to take a long time for that transition to take place.

You really do notice a difference in the quality of the picture though. Once you get used to that clear, crisp picture, it would be hard to go back to anything else.

Mykol
Post 2

I really enjoy the electronic program guide feature that the digital TVs have.

I often wonder how much longer they will continue to print a TV guide since this information can now be found online or on the TV.

It is nice to be able to see what the name of the show is, and get some details about it if you are not familiar with it.

One of the main reasons I got the Sunday paper in the past was to have the TV guide for the week. Now that we have the electronic program features, I never look at this anymore.

golf07
Post 1

We don't spend much time watching TV, so we are probably a little more old school than a lot of people.

We got rid of our satellite service a few years ago because we realized this money could be spent on better things.

Some of our TV's are old, so we need to use a converter box to get any reception. A few years ago when the government was offering 2 rebates of $40 towards converter boxes, we took advantage of them.

We eventually got an IDTV for our kitchen and don't need any kind of converter box there now. With this TV I have noticed that we get a few more channels than we did before.

This is nice because it gives us a few more viewing options and some of the channels are older shows that we are more familiar with.

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