NBC has been involved in the development of High Definition Television (HDTV) for over 15 years. In the early 1990s, we were part of a research consortium that developed one of the first digital HDTV prototypes. In 1992, we performed the world's first simultaneous transmission of digital HDTV and analog television from our TV station in Washington, D.C. We later participated in establishing the final technical standard, and we hosted an industry testbed for digital HDTV broadcasting, again at our station in Washington.
Today, over 70 NBC owned and affiliated stations are broadcasting digital television. We currently broadcast certain series and movies in the 1080i HD format, providing the highest resolution possible. We plan to increase our HDTV programming to 60 percent of our primetime and late night lineup, plus special events, movies and sports.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding HDTV: