I Want My HDTV!

For years we've been told that high-definition television was just around the corner. Now it's finally ready for its close-up

Here's the sales pitch: Wouldn't you like a TV so clear you could count the stitches on a baseball as it crossed the plate? Or watch individual snowflakes kiss the sidewalk? That's what we've been hearing ever since high-definition television (HDTV) arrived as a consumer product in 1998. And if you've ever seen it firsthand, you know it's true. HDTV really is that good, with a picture resolution six times as rich as ordinary analog TV--some 2 million pixels. Colors pop, and edges are crisp and distinct, revealing every hair and wrinkle. Enthusiasts call it a technological leap as momentous as...

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