Albert Manfredi wrote: >Tom Barry wrote: > > > ><snipped> > >I think if people get equivalent or better reception of ATSC than they got >with NTSC, they won't complain. If there's anything to conclude about the >lack of fanfare, I'd say that's it. > >Bert > Obviously "if people get equivalent or better reception of ATSC than they got with NTSC, they won't complain." To then state that they are not complaining and conclude therefore ATSC is better than NTSC is a bunch of bridges to far. First the number of current buyers of HDTV integrated sets who rely on OTA is minuscule. Second the number of those who do not rely on OTA and who are currently buying integrated HDTV sets that will even try OTA is small and of that number those who would then complain about OTA reception is small since they will in most cases just say "f**K" to their significant others and proceed to connect the cable. That would count as a complaint about reception but how do we measure it? Third with the better ATSC receivers today the problems are less but also the users do not have much to measure against. If they get a few stations well, a few with dropouts and don't receive a number of stations how do they know what to expect? What is the benchmark? How do they complain that this is not as good as it could be if there is no way for them to know what reception would be like say with DVB-T? So with the current state of the 8-VSB art they may just accept the inferior 8-VSB as the best that there is. So the lack of fanfare may only signal the ongoing slow death of OTA TV/DTV nothing more. BTW I do not accept that people are not complaining. They may be doing so only to friends. There are consistent complaints on AVSForum. And obviously there are complaints that we never hear about. If the grapevine was only positive then OTA broadcasting and the sale of OTA reception equipment might be going as good as it is in other COFDM countries. Bob Miller ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.