The Cape Light: Away from the Edge

Digital and Datacasting Combine Forces For
“Complete TV”

DTV Plus and WRAL-Digital have joined forces on yet another creative technological endeavor. “Complete TV” will be the marriage of high-definition television and the Internet. The new project promises to revolutionize home entertainment.


The computer screen will give viewers a menu…

“Complete TV” will combine the digital signal of WRAL Digital with the datacasting and broadband internet access of DTV Plus. Other partners in the venture include Texas Instruments, Panasonic, Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS), RAVISENT Technologies, RKR Video, Decisionmark and Now Audio/Video.

Capitol Broadcasting Company President & CEO Jim Goodmon looks forward to exploring the possibilities of the synergy between these various groups. He said, “We are delighted to bring this exciting, first of its kind project to the Raleigh-Durham market. ‘Complete TV’ is an execution of our vision of the future of home entertainment and community service programs broadcast digitally to the home. As a leading proponent of digital broadcasting, we feel we have much to contribute with high-definition television and datacasting. We stand on the edge of a news and home entertainment revolution.”

A pilot test group is now being formed from families in the Raleigh-Durham area. These guinea pigs will use and experiment with the new system and its capabilities for six months and then get together with the projects management and engineers to discuss their experiences, likes and dislikes.


an HD ratio….

and the ability to split the screen between the WRAL news story feed from WRAL Online and the digital television screen.

With feedback from this “human element” the “Complete TV” crew can then fine-tune the innovative product.

To participate in the study, individuals or families will purchase a new type of rear-screen projection system called DLP. The total equipment package consists of a 52″ Panasonic DLP display, personal computer, wireless keyboard and a large hard drive. A final price for the equipment has not yet been negotiated, but the personal investment will be over $10,000. Twenty families will be chosen to participate and the project is slated to begin in mid-April.


The Panasonic DLP HDTV has arrived at WRAL and is ready for DTV Plus’ Todd Aubin (left) and Sam Matheny to set up.

Anyone interested in participating in the study can contact DTV Plus General Manager Sam Matheny or CBC Vice President of HD John Greene. A basic informational website is in the works and will be online soon for additional information as well. Stay tuned to capcom for details about the site launch and web address.

DTV Plus & WRAL Digital are working in conjuction with:
 

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