Many people may think it's the best use of the technology, but interactive
TV (or ITV) isn't limited to ordering pizzas or flying biplane dogfights
on your television. Digital television is heading toward a convergence
with computers -- and students, sports fans, news junkies, and anybody
with an interest in anything will get more out of television. Nobody
really knows how we'll interact with our televisions in the next few
years, but TV is never going to be the same.
Enhanced TV demo
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Digital TV broadcasts are just long streams of bits
that can contain any data the broadcaster wants to add to their signal.
Each channel has about 19.2 Mbs (that's megabits per second) of data they
can add to their broadcast. Most of it will be video and audio, but some
of the signal can be other forms of data. Imagine a very fast network
connection sending pictures, sounds, multimedia games, and illustrated
articles, all related to the television program you're watching. You can
still passively watch TV, but you can also customize the experience and
make it your own.