The world has gone digital, and it's now available in high definition.
The idea of tying it all together is now more than just wishful thinking.
Sure if you are ridiculously wealthy, the option of having someone rewire your home, and building you a very nice custom solution
was always available.
For the rest of us, there have been attempts in the past to bring things from
different communication mediums and make them work together, some of these attempts
have been short lived (answering your phone with your TV), others have hung
around, like WEBTV, which allows you to bring the web, e-mail, streaming music
and video to your TV.
We have all grown comfortable with the integration of once distinct mediums
working together; cameras with the web, and even cameras with our cell phones.
We are even comfortable with companies entering into new lines of business;
Sony making computers and Apple making Walkmans (I-Pod). But Dell Computer
Corporation and Hewlett-Packard making and selling high definition big screen
TVs? Cisco Systems Inc. making a Wi-Fi boombox? Long-time high end
Audio component manufacturers Onkyo and Yamaha putting Ethernet and RS-232 ports
on AV receivers. What’s next ?
In the world of home entertainment, convergence is here, and it doesn’t require
you to buy everything from one manufacturer to have all of your AV equipment work
together. You can choose the type of high definition television (HDTV)
you prefer; DLP, LCoS, LCD, Plasma, or a Projector. Choose one of the
two new high definition DVD formats (HD DVD or Blu-ray). Get high
definition television programming via digital cable, DirecTV, Dish Network
and other providers. Hook up your HD XBox 360, Playstation 3, or
Nintendo Wii gaming console to you AV Receiver so you can enjoy the Dolby
TrueHD or DTS HD surround sound of your game. Or maybe you just prefer
to kick back and and enjoy a little HD Radio. Yes, even radio is
available in high definition; everyone and everything is now available in
You don't have to subscribe to anyone else's vision of convergence, you
can build it the way you want; use a HDTV from
one company, a HD DVD from another, an AV Receiver from a third and a set-top-box
from your satellite or cable company, without a table full of remotes, and a
PhD in remote controls. You don’t even have to remember an 8 button sequence
to push, to go from watching TV to watching a DVD. Remote controls are smarter,
and with the introduction and growing adoption of the HDMI 1.3 standard, even the interconnecting wiring is smarter.