John Shutt wrote: >----- Original Message ----- >From: "Tom Barry" <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx> > > > >>Well, if most stations are not not still at low power then that leaves >>only the 2nd half of the CEA's reason for no OTA STB's. That is, there >>is only 11% (any x% low number) of TV's using OTA anyway and thus the >>CEA members have little interest in bothering with it. >> >>It is not easy to argue with that one. And there is also no particular >>reason to believe it will get any better in the future. However 11% of >>all TV's still makes a fairly large number, too large to be sneezed at. >> >> > >11% of 102 million television households is still 11 million TVHH. In all >of Australia there are about 12 million TVHH. Not OTA only households, >total TVHHs. > > I think that must be more like 8 million households in Austrlia. They only have 20 million people. >Why can Australia have over 86 different models of HD and SD STBs from 26 >manufacturers <http://www.dba.org.au/index.asp?sectionID=18> in such a >small market? Because boxes designed for Europe can easily and cheaply be >adapted to 7 MHz channels. If Australia had an entirely unique modulation >and transport stream method, chances are they would not have nearly the >number of choices that they do now. > > > >>Moving on to conspiracy theories, it would also be interesting to know >>if any pressure is being brought on the CE companies by cable or >>satellite to stay out of the OTA STB market. >> >> > >No such pressure is required. As long as CE maker's manufacturing capacity >is being filled with DBS boxes, Digital Cable boxes, and European/Oceania >DVB-T boxes, why even bother making ATSC STBs with still unproven >technology, high return rates, and low shelf life? > > > >>For that matter, are cheap OTA STB's available in the Korean market? >> >> > >Where do you think most of our STBs have been coming from? Where do you >think the companies that Bob Miller has been working with trying to get a >prototype that worked as well as the LG 'cold fusion' STB? > > No one beleives there is a market here for 8-VSB OTA receivers. They beleive there is only one customer, Congress, and a one time opportunity for filling the orderfor subsidized converter boxes. After that no market. You will have to buy an integrated set that has been mandated. Maybe the FCC should also mandate junk 8-VSB STBs. They could then force people to accept them as in lieu of tax refunds if they didn't enclose a receipt with their tax return showing that they had bought an integrated HDTV. Bob Miller >John > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.