Next Generation Of Television Now On Display At The National Museum Of American History

May 8, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C -- People interested in high definition television (HDTV) -- the next generation of TV -- can now see it first-hand at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The display is the latest addition to the "Information Age: People, Information & amp;Technology" exhibition.

Harris Corporation, the leading manufacturer of digital television transmitters, has designed and built the special double-screen display that presents HDTV alongside today's conventional system. The display allows viewers to compare the same images in both formats.

The most noticeable impact for the home viewer is the dramatically better picture because the high definition signal contains twice as many horizontal lines than the conventional system. Digital transmission converts the voltages that make up the analog signal into binary computer language, which is essentially noise free and can be compressed to fit into a standard 6Mhz television channel.

The Federal Communications Commission approved the United States digital television standard in December 1996 and recently released regulations that will govern the switch to digital transmission at more than 1,550 U.S. broadcast stations. Industry observers say that massive transition will be the most profound change since the 1960's conversion from black-and-white programming to color television.

In July 1996, a Harris Corporation transmitter became the first in the U.S. to transmit a commercial digital televisiontest signal. Harris equipment is also being installed at WETA in Washington, allowing the PBS station to soon begin broadcasting adigital signal. In addition, a Harris transmitter will enable New York City's first digital television station (WCBS-HD) to begin broadcasting programming later this year. Harris has also signed digital transmitter supply agreements with several top television groups, including CBS, Tribune Broadcasting, The Walt DisneyCompany's Capital Cities/ABC and Cox Broadcasting.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television,health care information, multi-media communications, automotiveelectronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

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Editor'sNote: A photo of the kiosk at the Smithsonian is available on AP Photo Network at FPS 1. Harris Corporation has numerousdigital television resources available, including a DTVguidebook, photos, consumer and broadcasters' DTV surveys, andb-roll video. In addition, Harris executives are available for press interviews.Forfurther information, contact Tom Hausman at 321/727-9131 or, or Martha Rapp at217/221-7577 or .