How Every Team Could Win In The Hdtv Derby

Three teams of corporate bigs are vying to provide the technology for the next generation of television. The Federal Communications Commission was expected to pick a winner early this summer, paving the way for one team to rake in huge royalty payments. Now, it looks as if a decision won't come until early 1994. That's because the three teams--one led by Thomson, Philips, and NBC, another by General Instrument, and a third by Zenith Electronics--are closeted in negotiations to form what's being called a "grand alliance" merging the best aspects of each of their high-definition television (HDTV) systems. An agreement might be reached by early April.

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