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Encyclopedia > USDTV
USDTV
Slogan TV for people.
Fate Bankrupt
Founded 2003
Defunct 2007
Location Draper, Utah
Products Digital Television

USDTV was an over-the-air, pay television service in the United States. Based in Draper, Utah near Salt Lake City, it was founded in 2003 and started service there in 2004. The company ceased operations March 12, 2007. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Draper is a city in Salt Lake County and Utah County, Utah, United States, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air or OTA) is the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery, by radio waves transmitted through open space. ... Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... Draper is a city in Salt Lake County and Utah County, Utah, United States, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Technology

The company used extra bandwidth on digital television stations to send channels to subscribers who have a special set-top box, which can be rented from the company for no additional charge. It had an ATSC tuner that receives and decodes regular digital TV stations, as well as being able to decode more highly-compressed WMV9 and now MPEG-4 AVC. Customers with earlier WMV9 boxes were expected to be sent an upgrade in the form of a USB device, which handles the new codec.-1... Digital television (DTV) is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals, in contrast to analog signals used by analog (traditional) TV. DTV uses digital modulation data, which is digitally compressed and requires decoding by a specially designed television set, or a... The term set-top box (STB) describes a device that connects to a television and some external source of signal, and turns the signal into content then displayed on the screen. ... Advance Television Systems Committe (ATSC) tuner allows reception of over the air high definition digital television signals in North America and South Korea. ... An integrated receiver/decoder is an electronic device used to receive and decode digital signals. ... A television station is a type of radio station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... Video compression refers to making a digital video signal use less data, without noticeably reducing the quality of the picture. ... Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of proprietary streaming video technologies developed by Microsoft. ... H.264, MPEG-4 Part 10, or AVC, for Advanced Video Coding, is a digital video codec standard which is noted for achieving very high data compression. ... Look up Upgrade on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Upgrading is the process of replacing an older thing with a newer thing. ... A codec is a device or program capable of performing encoding and decoding on a digital data stream or signal. ...


USDTV channels were broadcast by multiple stations in each area, but through the use of virtual channels. They all appeared as subchannels of 99.x, even on regular sets that could not decode them. This was also true in the EPG. In telecommunications, a virtual channel is a channel designation which differs from the actual radio channel or frequency which the signal travels. ... A multiplex is a group of digital TV channels that are mixed together for broadcast. ... The Sky Digital EPG in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ...


Disadvantages of its Technology

One disadvantage of the system is its limited channel capacity, and the need for a strong signal through an antenna. The fact that it uses different stations, possibly in different locations, may also make re-aiming the antenna difficult or annoying, particularly since it may not be easy to find which USDTV channels are being hosted by which stations. As with free DTV, acceptable reception may require an outdoor antenna; this is true both with the US/Canadian ATSC system using 8VSB modulation and the COFDM based systems used in other countries. A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ... “ATSC” redirects here. ... 8VSB is the 8-level vestigial sideband modulation method adopted for terrestrial broadcast of the ATSC digital television standard in the United States and Canada. ... In telecommunications, modulation is the process of varying a periodic waveform, i. ... Orthogonal frequency division modulation (OFDM, also called orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) is a technique for the modulation of digital information onto an analog carrier electromagnetic (e. ...


Because it uses full-power broadcast stations, this also in turn limits the bitrate of free "extra" channels the public can receive from those stations. Broadcasters in the US are only required to carry one SDTV channel. This has led to speculation that stations would rent out the bandwidth of the additional five multiplex channels to pay TV services such as USDTV, instead of broadcasting in HDTV. Should this become commonplace practice among broadcasters, not only would HDTV be precluded, picture quality in SDTV can suffer noticeably due to excessive data compression, which leaves visible compression artifacts. The public would therefore be no better off after the forced conversion to digital, even after having to spend money on new receivers to be able to continue to receive any "free" TV at all. As of August 2006, most US broadcasters broadcast in HDTV, and do not rent out bandwidth. In telecommunications and computing, bitrate (sometimes written bit rate, data rate or as a variable Rbit) is the number of bits that are conveyed or processed per unit of time. ... ... Rent can refer to: Renting, a system of payment for the temporary use of something owned by someone else. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... “Source coding” redirects here. ... A compression artifact (or artefact) is the result of an aggressive data compression scheme applied to an image, audio, or video that discards some data which is determined by an algorithm to be of lesser importance to the overall content but which is nonetheless discernible and objectionable to the user. ...


Services

USDTV served customers in and near Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Vegas redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... This article is about the largest city of New Mexico. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... The Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, a title designated by the U.S. Census as of 2003, encompasses 12 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Cost

The cost for this basic-tier service was $19.95 per month. USDTV also offered Starz! on channel 99.50 for an additional fee of $6.95 per month. The basic rate represented a higher cost per channel than either cable or satellite, possibly in part because ESPN is very expensive compared to other networks. Cable TV and satellite TV charge about twice as much for basic service, but offer several times more channels. Starz is a US pay TV network which features mainly first-run motion pictures. ... Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in... Satellite television is television delivered by way of orbiting communications satellites located 37,000 km (22,300 miles) above the earths surface. ...


Subscribers

At shutdown, USDTV had 14,000 subscribers. Just over half were from people who had never paid for TV before due to the high cost. Units were sold at Wal-Mart as well as some limited dealers, and via Internet and telephone ordering. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Look up dealer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Telephone (disambiguation). ... Order theory is a branch of mathematics that studies various kinds of binary relations that capture the intuitive notion of a mathematical ordering. ...


Business

U.S. Digital Television, the company that operated USDTV, was started in September 2005(not true). Its investors include Fox Television Stations, Hearst-Argyle Television, LIN TV, McGraw Hill Broadcasting, Morgan Murphy Stations, and Telecom DTV. The investment was worth about 26 million dollars. An investor is any party that makes an investment. ... This is an incomplete list of Fox Broadcasting Company affiliates. ... Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ... The Morgan Murphy Stations is a television, radio and newspaper chain based out of Madison, Wisconsin. ... Invest redirects here. ...


Bankruptcy

USDTV filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in a Delaware court in July 2006, having about 14 million dollars in debt. On November 10, 2006, NexGen Telecom, LLC announced it acquired the assets of USDTV from the bankruptcy court. Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code governs the process of liquidation under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... A Delaware corporation is a corporation chartered in the U.S. state of Delaware. ... A trial at the Old Bailey in London as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ... Early elections in November are announced in the Netherlands. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


USDTV ceased operations on March 12, 2007. The set-top boxes can be converted to be an over-the-air (OTA) digital television receiver for $30 for up to four boxes. However, even without the conversion, the boxes continue to receive local OTA stations.


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