Attitudes from the Editor
This industry has got a big PR problem. No, I'm not bad-mouthing the many fine public relations folks out there with whom I communicate every day. I'm talking about the public perception of the technologies our businesses thrive on, in this case, HDTV. You may have read the remarkably inaccurate article about HDTV in the Wall Street Journal in early August, in which the writer claimed, among other things, that HDTV was equivalent in quality to DVD, that manufacturers weren't pushing HDTVs and that very few people were buying them anyway.
You and I know that none of those assertions are true. However, we're not the general public. We wake up and go to sleep with HDTV on our minds. We deal with the issues on a daily basis. But the people who are most important to you are largely getting their information from misinformed sources.
Larry King recently commented on HDTV in his "King's Things" column on CNN.com. His take on the subject: "How many people do you think really want to pay all that extra money for HDTV? Unless you are an electronic freak, most people can't tell the difference between HDTV and regular reception." Has he ever really experienced HDTV?