CCP Adds Video to Arts Coverage, At Least We Can Watch it HD 

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CCP Adds Video to Arts Coverage

The world of media is changing at lightning speed, and Charleston City Paper is doing its best to stay current and fresh.

Over the course of this arts season, you can expect to find in our pages interviews, reviews, profiles, features, and think-pieces about the arts. That's what we've always done. Now, in an effort to stay cutting edge, we're beginning to offer online video interviews with painters, writers, dancers, and actors — all performing their craft in Charleston.

Last week, we did a soft launch of interviews with Marybeth Clark, Sharon Graci, and Sam Evans. Clark is the director of Charleston Stage's West Side Story, which closed Sunday. Evans directed Footlight Players' season opener Biloxi Blues. That continues Sept. 25-27 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. And Graci is the director of PURE Theatre's production of The Seafarer, which continues Sept. 25-27, Oct. 2-4 at 8 p.m. ­­—John Stoehr

At Least We Can Watch It in HD

Wilmington, N.C., became the first major market to completely switch over to digital broadcasts on Sept. 8. Stations across the country follow suit on Feb. 17, broadcasting exclusively in digital.

As the date nears, more people are requesting coupons for digital converter boxes. Over 27 million coupons have already been requested nationally, including 72,000 requests from the Charleston area.

According to Todd Sedmak of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the government has set aside enough money to convert 33.5 million TVs. At $40 a pop, the price tag for millions of digital converter box comes to around $1.3 billion.

On top of billions per month in Iraq, billions more in corporate bailouts, and the daunting task of rebuilding hurricane-ravaged coastlines, Washington wants to spend millions on TVs. But why?

According to DTV.gov, the primary reasons for the digital switch are better sound, clearer picture, and the ability to multicast. Multicasting allows a single channel to broadcast multiple shows simultaneously, which means more choices for viewers.

More choices? The last thing Americans need is another reason to stay on the couch. There's already nothing worth watching on TV anyway. There are, however, some "upsides" to the conversion.

Now everyone can watch the Braves digitally suck. The picture will be crystal clear when the news shows us how little progress is being made in rebuilding Galveston.

And just think of how great all the music that MTV doesn't play will sound in digital. God bless America. —Myles Hutto


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