Analog vs. Digital Television

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Analog television is not as outdated and unsophisticated as many people perceive it to be.

It is true that most folks use cable or other methods for viewing T.V. such as fire sticks or satellite devices. 

But guess what?

The number of analog television users are steadily rising

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Once upon a time, not so long ago, analog did not have access to numerous electrical frequencies as of present. Analog signals have continuous electrical signals while digital have non-continuous electrical signals.

“The one always comes before the two.”

The above statement is a parable.

It is designed to give food for thought.

Designed to enlighten.

Designed to strengthen.

Designed to give endurance.


According to Sponsored by Digi-Key and Maximum Integrated: “Despite the onslaught of digital technology, analog tech and analog components are a long way from becoming obsolete, and a case can be made that perhaps they never will be.”

Analog/ “The One”

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Analog channels are channels between two and ninety-nine. 

According to Wikipedia, “The standard broadcast television channels of the United States are assigned six megahertz each in the following segments of the spectrum: VHF channels 2, 3, and 4, 54-72 megahertz; 5 and 6, 76-88 megahertz; 7 through 13, 174- 216 megahertz; and the UHF channels, 14 through 83, 470- 890 megahertz.”

John Fiske was an American philosopher and historian that was born in 1842 and died in 1901. Fiske proposed that there are three main codes of television. Reality, representation, and ideology are the codes in which he infers.

The Code of Practices for Television Broadcasters (NAB) also known as the “television code” was a set of ethical standards adopted by the NAB of the United States between the years 1952 to 1983. 

I’m being specific due to the intricacy of it all.

I’m explaining my realization as it has unfolded for me.

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Analog television carries many TV stations. These stations usually receive or granted licenses by a government agency which allows them to use a particular portion or section of a spectrum of radio transmitted channels needed for transmission.

This is where analog television stations have taken on a whole new life form all of its own. It continues to give birth to numerous substations/ sub-channels. Substations are a method of transmitting more than one independent program stream simultaneously from the same digital television station frequency channel.

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I have also learned about something named “video modes.” 

If you pay close attention to each channel that you view, you will discover that a sequence of numbers followed by the letter (P) or (i). The video mode is the project resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, and color space. At the beginning of the channel product, it is imperative for every station to set the desired qualities and end results.

The (p) displays the image in progress scan mode, and the (i) displays the image in interlace mode. The (p) mode has its advantages dealing with scenes that has frequent movement. The (i) mode is excellent for gaming due to the settings displaying images in the interlace mode. In laments terms, when you see a (p) followed by the numbers, it usually means that the visual pertains a lot of action. The (i), not so much.

Cable television has taken on a grand stance and does truly indeed have its perks. There was a time when cable television appeared to be a threat to analog television. In 2009, an individual had to obtain a converter box to maintain analog television.  

The bottom line is that analog television has and continues to expand. The substations are usually marketed and targets a particular audience. These subs normally serve one particular purpose, rather its westerns, comedy’s, the weather, sci-fi, the news, etc. These subs concentrate on one particular audience, and these subs are growing at a frequent pace.


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