> - The $28 billion cost to cable for implementing > the NAB plan - > > National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) > president Robert Sachs explained in a letter to FCC > chair Michael Powell that it was because an estimated > 141 million analog TV sets currently connected to cable > without a box would need one costing between $50 and > $200 each: > <http://www.ncta.com/pdf_files/DTVexparte12.15.04.pdf> This is IMO a very logical argument on the NCTA's part. But it would be equally logical to assume that an NCTA so concerned about the cost of providing STBs to households would have actively gone after some sort of "plug and play" agreement with CE manufacturers on their own, without being prodded on by the FCC. Isn't the same cost consideration valid for their own deployment of digital cable channels? The compromise position the FCC should take should be to stick with their requirement of mandating only for the "main program" DTT stream to be carried over cable. That way, cable systems would have a real choice: 1. Send only a digital version to households, and provide a D/A STB for analog households. 2. Send an analog version of the "main program stream" to subscribers and the digital version of the same stream. The digital version would never require more than 3 MHz channel width equivalent over cable, if they use 256-QAM, and may even require less than that, if SD quality is transmitted. So this compromise costs little in extra bandwidth, and doesn't require new STBs for analog users. If broadcasters requested *only* the DTV main program be carried over cable systems, instead of insisting on everything, the rest would take care of itself. Especially so for broadcasters that transmit content people really want to see. Analog cable subscribers will not do without their CSI fix every week. One way or another, the cable companies would provide these programs. Asking for too much might instead backfire. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.