Hdtv: You're Not Going To Like This Picture

Technical snafus continue to slow its growth

Last March, engineers from Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. had their worst suspicions about high-definition television confirmed. The crew was field-testing the latest digital-TV equipment at homes and offices in a 20-mile radius of a broadcast antenna in Philadelphia. "In nine out of nine locations, we got no reception--just the blue screen of death," says Nat Ostroff, Sinclair's vice-president for new technology.

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