This Hdtv Pioneer Sees A Better Way

As a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor in the mid-1980s, William F. Schreiber led a crash effort to develop new broadcast technologies. He succeeded so well that his former students are working on two of the five high-definition television proposals now before the Federal Communications Commission. So when Schreiber warns that the drive for all-digital HDTV systems is headed for trouble in field trials next year, his opinion carries some weight. "In a sufficiently realistic test," he insists, "the digital systems will suffer reliability problems." And unless such failures are remedied quickly, they could seriously delay the biggest TV advance in 50 years.

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