"No, I wondered if it would be possiblet to get "forces" american TV but I think it's a no hoper. "
I would agree. AIUI the receivers used for American Forces TV firstly use an encryption system unavailable to the public and, secondly those boxes do not contain an HDTV decoder.
3rdly , I'm not sure whether the satellite transponders used could handle the required bandwidth/data-rate (I would have to refresh my knowledge of their ATSC standard to confirm this).
All the more depressing when so many of the TV shows I've seen from the USA open with large banners proclaiming "Simulcast in HDTV" or "High Resolution Digital Widescreen" or even IMO the most annoying "Dolby Digital where available" because that technology is already with us!
Having the US government support the TV broadcasters into adopting HDTV certainly encourages them to increase the amount of programming available and gives the TV manufacturers a market for the next gen displays.
I was more than happy to import a R1 DVD player before the format was launched in the UK and I would do the same if HD material was made available on whatever evolution of DVD comes next. It'll also give me the push to get a display that could handle HD programming, so far I haven't found a reasonable excuse to get rid of my aging but reliable RPTV
S'pose you could import a DVHS deck which will output movies in 1080i, but the software available at the moment is pretty limited (and expensive). Here's what's listed at DVDBoxOffice:
Behind Enemy Lines
Big Momma's House
Don't Say A Word
Kiss Of The Dragon
Men Of Honor
National Lampoons Van Wilder
Peacemaker , The
Planet Of The Apes 2001
Terminator 2: Judgment Day