[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Boxes Could Cost $1 Billion

>From: "Dale Kelly" <res0xtey@xxxxxxxxxxx> 
>To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
>Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2004 22:00:05 -0700 

>And, what level of performance will this <$100 "converter box" provide? Will
>it equal that of a 4th or 5th generation ATSC receiver, which is what will
>most likely be required to satisfy the needs of many current OTA only
>viewers.

I don't think you can buy anything older than 3rd generation *today*. By 2007, 
I doubt you will find products as old as 5th gen, besides used ones on eBay.

>Example: Marks apartment, where a simple antennae achieves satisfactory
>analog performance but where a 5th generation receiver is required for DTV
>reception, may be similar to the needs of many OTA viewers.

Certainly true of dense 'urban canyons' like Manhattan.

>Also, the government's proposed giveaway program doesn't address an ATSC
>receiver mounted inside the TV, which would seemingly require the giveaway
>of the TV also. It only addresses the "converter box" concept, as far as I
>know anyway.

The whole point of the giveaway program is to take care of the 'refuseniks' who 
do not want DTV, who currently rely on OTA NTSC, and who will lose access to TV 
programming when NTSC is shut off. Give them a converter box and they can 
continue using that old NTSC set until it dies. If they buy a new TV with an 
integrated ATSC receiver, their problem is solved and they don't need a 
government handout.

-- Frank
 
 
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