[opendtv] San Diego HDTV penetration

I've previously commented about San Diego's HDTV penetration rate:  24,000
cable customers PAYING FOR HDTV, plus an estimated 12,000 homes with HDTV
but not paying for cable.

Yesterday, in a lunch with a high-ranking executive for one of the U.S.
broadcast networks, that figure was put in perspective.  The San Diego TV
market has the highest HDTV penetration rate in the U.S.: over 5 per cent.
Apparently, no other market even comes close.

This might allow people on this list to factor in that item when I talk
about HDTV penetration hereabouts.

I'm not so sure that it helps adoption of dynamic PSIP and metadata to this
point, but it will.  San Diego, absent some drastic improvement in other
markets, will be the first TV market where local broadcasters make money
from (H)DTV.

John Willkie

P.S.  While it would be indiscreet and against my economic interest to
identify the network or executive, I can say that he had been in contact
with one of the more prominent OpenDTV list members earlier in the day.

 
 
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