[opendtv] Re: Mobile DTV test * From: Mark Aitken <maitken@xxxxxxxxxx> * To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx * Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 15:29:41 -0400 But, a big *if* in this is whether (or not) a minimum performance requirement gets established that ensures ALL receivers can receive. Don't be ridiculous Mark. You can never ensure that all receivers receive! The nature of the physical front end is extremely important. I will concede that Zenith, LINX (and others?) have a good handle on what is required for equalization (does that surprise anyone?). WHAT is NOT so well understood are the other front end issues (selectivity, sensitivity, AGC, overload, multichannel performance (IM), etc...) that are just as important, and the negative impact of not dealing with the resulting performance degradation. I disagree that those other issues are not well understood. I think they are better understood than some of the equalization and synchronization issues. I would say that of those three -- front end issues, equalization and synchronization -- it is synchronization that needs the most R&D attention. Many (most) of the receivers on the market today are married to front ends that perform in a cable environment but DIE in the real world terrestrial environment that will exist until the transition is over. It is a very real problem, and it is NOT being adequately addressed. So, simply for the sake of argument, let us say that 8VSB equalization issues will be solved to the majority interests of Broadcasters. Then what? Then what? Then broadcasters can address the issue of why thier OTA audience has shrunk so much, once they can no longer point to reception issues as a contributing factor. It's always about broadcasters' interests, isn't it? What about consumers' interests? What about the fact that 99% of consumers won't want to pay diddly for this technology that most of them will never use. The reality is: you will get the best RF tuner that can be had for a buck or two; you will get the best selectivity, etc. that can be gotten from a 50-cent SAW filter; and you will get the best damn 8-VSB demodulation that can be incorporated into a $10 SoC (system-on-a-chip) that does everything else a TV set requires. You will get what the market will bear, not what the best engineering science projects can create. -- Frank ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.