History of HDTV in the US

The development of an HDTV standard has been underway in the US since 1987. The FCC determined that it wanted HDTV and accepted proposals for HDTV. Initially all of the proposals were for analog transmissions until approximately 1990 when the FCC had four digital proposals which it could not decide upon. Instead of selecting one of these, they suggested the idea of a Grand Alliance of companies and had all of these work together to come up with one standard for HDTV.

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