So far, this column has discussed some items that could make the transition to digital easier, but moreover, what would make high-def the dominating way to watch TV. First we talked about the price needs to drop on receiving the high-def and then the need for a broader range of program options, specifically geared towards women. Past that, manufacturers and content providers need to market HD to a larger market in the native resolution and I came to the conclusion that in-flight movies and malls would be great venues. These are all wonderful ways to help push HD into the living rooms across America, but if there's a way to keep lowering the cost of high-def we might need to go back to school and find it.
No, seriously. Put high definition into schools and the premise of ‘Supply and Demand” we all learned back in middle school will speed up. By increasing the ‘demand’ the ‘supply’ will increase as well which would bring down the overall cost from both ends: from the manufacturer to the consumer. Many schools have put TV sets in the classrooms over the past decade so perhaps there isn't a demand for HDTV till the old sets die. Why not have a long-term vision in place that includes high definition?