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NTSC: 1941-2009, There’s a last time for everything.

February 18, 2009

The deadline was extended, but at least one of our local TV stations is going ahead with the plan.  At midnight, they’ll stop analog TV broadcasting and be digital-only. Circuits will cool and a part of the airwaves populated since 1941 will fall silent… for a little while.

No one was even sure television would catch on.  What a different world it is, now.

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  1. Ray Mansell
    February 18, 2009 at 05:50 | #1

    There are three widely-used (analogue) TV transmission systems, each of which I remember by their acronyms:

    SECAM – Show Every Colour As Mauve (used mainly in Eastern Europe and France, which explains a lot)

    NTSC – Never Twice the Same Colour (used mainly in North America)

    And the remaining system, used in my native England?

    PAL – Perfection At Last

  2. Ray
    February 18, 2009 at 05:52 | #2

    Of course, that should have been “each of which I remember by its acronym”.

    Too early in the morning…

  3. February 20, 2009 at 10:46 | #3

    Are all stations now broadcasting digital along with analog (except of course those which have dropped analog)?

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