[opendtv] Re: 20050509 Mark's Monday Memo

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 10:43:40 -0400

8-VSB will never perform as well as COFDM.  Never.  Likewise, ATSC will 
never perform as well as DVB.

Our only hope is to have 8-VSB become "good enough."  Most viewers will 
never know or care that they could have had much better.  Apparently most 
broadcast executives will never know or care, either.

Broadcasters could have mobile.  Broadcasters could have portable. 
Broadcasters could have had ancillary data to mobile and portable devices. 
Broadcasters could have had a range of robustness/bitrate choices.

The mantra of "8-VSB is an easy fix" drowned out the cries of "so what? It 
still doesn't do everything else that DVB-T and COFDM can."

www.viacel.com/bob.wmv for a taste of what we could have had as early as 
Christmas 2000.


(Sorry to beat the COFDM drum again, but yesterday I was out making viewer 
complaint calls and got mad all over again at how poor 8-VSB performs.)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Miller" <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>

> Most consumers would be happy with the latest tested receiver.
> Most would accept the problems associated with it as just the
> continuation of the NTSC experience. If they get enough OTA channels
> they would feel lucky and if they didn't get some or if they had
> interference on some they would learn to live with it just like NTSC. if
> the price of a converter or STB is low enough some will buy them. Some
> will complain. Congress will say "its better than NTSC". In some ways it
> is. Bit no
> That is the problem IMO. JUST LIKE NTSC.

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