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Faroudja Research ran a Bay Area demo of a system it claims will rival high-definition tv in picture quality. KGO-TV and KPIX-TV aired selected programs enhanced with Faroudja’s “SuperNTSC,” which has passed FCC muster for use with present broadcast standards.

Station owners Capital Cities/ABC (KGO) and Westinghouse (KPIX), are part of the consortium backing high-tech inventor Yves Faroudja. Faroudja insists SuperNTSC could be on the market within two years, at an added cost of about $300 per tv set. The most dramatic feature of the system is that it doubles the number of scan lines to 1,050 while filtering out signal noise and enhancing vertical detail.

KGO engineering execs estimated that it would cost about $400,000 to completely convert the station to the system, claiming that’s just a fraction of projected HDTV conversion costs.

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