[opendtv] Re: Analysis: Should Apple Buy Hollywood?

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 07:18:40 -0500

At 10:00 PM -0500 3/5/12, John Shutt wrote:
The source material may be interlaced, but that doesn't mean that the individual broadcasters are broadcasting in interlace. Take, for example, my former employer, a PBS affiliate. Network HD was delivered to us in interlace. Local HD was produced in interlace. But the final emission of HD was in progressive in order to more efficiently compress the material, and make room for multiple SDs in the same ATSC data stream.

Another case of market realities trumping engineering purism.

Broadcasters laid down and let the CE vendors embed the technologies they had invested in, rather than adopting the emerging technologies that would have allow the industry to stay relevant.

It may be too late now to try again.


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