[opendtv] Re: A Clue re OTA DTV users: How many OTA?

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 20:22:54 -0500

Cliff wrote:

but the basic nature of television has changed and therefore
the old, unaccomodating delivery system should either change
as well or be discontinued altogether in favor of cable, satellite
or fiber.

On the contrary, all the systems you mention are umbillical, meaning that not only are you beholden to one monopoly, but also to a single point of failure. On the other hand, with OTA radio or TV, you have a system which is inherently redundant, and over which multiple networks can and do compete.

Marconi would turn over in his grave if he thought people were going back to wired umbillical schemes. I always thought of cable as an anachronism.

With 8-VSB or 64-QAM, you can have plenty adequate choice to satisfy most people. Aside from Gainesviille, most markets have at least 6 local channels to choose from. Each of these can transmit at least 3 multicasts, at least one of which can be HD, or 5-6 if they are SD. And there are 24 hours a day, and PVRs and DVDRs. And no labor-intensive infrastructure involved in this. There is no reason why 24 hours/day can't be used productively. I seriously doubt than this sort of OTA system can't please any but the most avid of conspicuous consumers.

Even if you need cables for broadband Internet and telephone access, these cables are greatly simplified if they don't have to carry the huge bandiwidth needed for (HD)TV signals. And you have the redundant infotainment system.


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