HDTV: Tuning in or Fading out?

Susan M. Reiss

A surgeon in Bangkok, puzzled by a tumor on his patient's liver, beams a picture of the tumor to a team of experts in San Francisco via a high resolution transmission system and waits for their diagnosis. Because of the real-life clarity of the picture, the San Francisco team can prescribe the best course of action and transmit the information to Bangkok in a matter of minutes. The high resolution, true rendition of color, and interactive capabilities of advanced video communications technologies promise to have profound implications for education, entertainment, medicine, telecommunications, and other fields.

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