[opendtv] Re: 5th generation Test

Mitchell,

And if OnDigital had made a few better business decisions the UK would 
have a very successful subscription based service competing with SKY 
today. The installed receivers helped but was not critical in my 
opinion. The installed base was critical in creating Freeview in the 
first place you could say.

I also said the OnDigital would be wildly successful. I thought they 
were even as they shut down. I still don't understand why the investors 
in that business let it fail. And I will predict that a similar venture 
in the US will also be "wildly successful" to the utter amazement of all 
current players. It seems totally self evident to me.

The ONLY problem is having a decent modulation or in the case of a 
horrific 8-VSB, a decent minimally acceptable receiver. In talking to 
Asia I am completely flabbergasted that they seem to think low cost is 
more important than working receiver. They honestly seem to think that 
it doesn't have to work to be successful. Something to do with Mandate I 
guess.

Bob Miller

Mitchell Cardwell wrote:

>Bob,
>
>I do wonder how well Freeview would be doing today had it not been for 
>OnDigital giving away so many receivers before it went under. Had they 
>not had that installed base of receivers before Freeview started they 
>might not be where they are now.
>
>Mitch
>
>On Mar 17, 2005, at 8:25 PM, Bob Miller wrote:
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>>Before Freeview started the chatter here and in the UK was all mostly
>>negative. I predicted that Freeview would be wildly successful as I 
>>also
>>predicted of Berlin.
>>
>>I am going to save this email and repost it in a couple of years.
>>
>>Something NOT quite like this will fly in the US and change OTA
>>broadcasting.
>>
>>Bob Miller
>>
>>Mitch Cardwell wrote:
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>>>Four channels of BBC, three channels of ITV, a travel home shopping
>>>channel, four news channels, two or three other shopping channels, 
>>>etc.
>>>Also there are digital versions of Four and Five.
>>>
>>>You can view the lineup here: http://freeview.co.uk/whatson/index.html
>>>
>>>It doesn't seem to me that something like this would fly in the states
>>>given our high multi-channel penetration across all socio-economic
>>>backgrounds. There simply isn't enough compelling content on the
>>>freeview platform.
>>>
>>>Oh...and there's no HDTV.
>>>
>>>On Mar 17, 2005, at 5:50 PM, Tom Barry wrote:
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>>>
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