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HDTV office

An HDTV office is any office that can move HDTV signals around as quickly and conveniently as voice or text messages/email.

This requires a Gigabit LAN and/or card-to-card video cabling. Digital cable TV or digital satellite TV is almost always integrated into the HDTV office, which may be focused on response to external events for which TV may be a first or most reliable source.

Software to distribute signals, e.g. ATI EAZYSHARE, is still evolving, but already works.

The rise of the DVI video standard and Dual DVI cards and a standard for PCI-E SLI-ready video that could support as many as four HDTV monitors from one PC motherboard, suggest a rising demand for this. Such interfaces are already used in some emergency operations centres and media production facilities.

It is expected that they will also reach war rooms, bookies, corporate boardrooms, and other places where there is great competition to know what is going on.

A council chamber or legislature may need to ultimately be wired this way if only to ensure that there's a chance to review what is said by other legislators.

Other emergency response facilities that may need to move video and audio fast to arbitrary desktops or briefing monitors, such as fire or police or public health, may have a need to move around high-resolution images quickly and also to get images out to the mass media fast.

In hospital there are many uses for HDTV but only extremely high resolution images can replace X-ray film for radiologists.

Only in scientific and engineering applications is there ever likely to be any demand for resolution that exceeds HDTV.

For all other uses, in business and politics and media and so on, the HDTV office is probably the terminal that will be used for the forseeable future for groups to review video information and formulate response to it.