[opendtv] Re: Digital TV: Brazil to Adopt Anything But the American System

Bert,

The lost opportunity costs are beyond calculation..look at Qualcomm's 
service ... that should have been broadcasters..as it stands now its 
only a matter of time before one of two things happen.. Broadcasters 
wake up and fix this mess .. or the OTA ATSC video service will die a 
quick death (10-15 years) and the FCC will auction more spectrum to 
allow others to pick at the broadcasters carcass...



William


Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
> Nick Kocsis wrote:
> 
> 
>>Portability and mobility trumps any amount of money if
>>the goal is to use spectrum in a manner that serves the
>>public and not the politicians that get all those
>>juicy trips and dinners paid for by the lobbyists.
> 
> 
> I guess my point was that it seemed fairly clear that the issues were
> NOT entirely technical. There were apparently other considerations
> there, including possible development work done in country as a result
> of the choice. This is entirely commonplace in this sort of negotiation.
> Not to mention the 300M Euro loan, which I doubt the ATSC so far has
> matched (but I don't know this for a fact).
> 
> The technical tradeoffs are debatable ad nauseam. Brazil is a
> geographically enormous country. Certainly, anyone with the guts to do a
> long range reception comparison test between the three standards could
> make the case that a scheme optimized for long range, at equal bandwidth
> and power, would be beneficial to such a huge country. Just a point to
> consider, among many.
> 
> Obviously, choosing a COFDM scheme would not be a mistake. However, I
> don't think the mea culpa attitude about all related to ATSC or the US
> govt is valid either. The price of ATSC boxes, being HD especially, is
> simply not going to be a valid argument anymore. The cost/price
> differential is inconsequential.
> 
> Bert
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