K. B. wrote alt.video.digital-tv: > <http://broadcastengineering.com/newsletters/rfupdate/20050513/Joe-Barton-DTV-digital-analog-20050506/> > > Other panel members seemed less enthusiastic about pulling the plug on analog transmission. At least two said they did not look forward to being in their offices, taking calls from angry constituents, who will want to know why they can no longer receive free over-the-air TV the day after the switchoff. > > --- > > Kirk Bayne > alt.video.digital-tv Home Page > <http://www.geocities.com/lislislislis/avdtv.htm> Bob Miller response... From that same article... "During the questions from the audience, one broadcaster took the mic and sarcastically told Barton that broadcasters had failed Congress 10 years ago when it was considering a digital transition deadline. He said broadcasters had failed to explain the importance of a “digital reception” deadline as part of digital transmission deadline." Barton held a meeting today in the Rayburn Building on the subject which I attended. When I brought up the same subject of the need for a receiver standard and the facts that most receivers sold today will not meet any meaningful standard an engineer could set to paper with a straight face he took offense. He said that that was not what manufactures were telling him. Well what one manufacturer told his LA's at a meeting last week was this, paraphrased. They were demonstrating a solid state tuner/receiver/converter card that they said they could make for $40 in quantities of millions. This cost does not include IP royalties, a box or power supply, the cord, blinking lights and plastic front end, remote control, just the board with connectors for S-Video out, antenna in and composite (no HD this is just for converting to your analog TV) They then said that their OEM's would add all that and then include margins for sales, marketing and distribution bringing the sale price to $60. My estimate is more like $125 minimum but everyone there was eating this up. Why? Because $60 is the magic number that Motorola mentioned sometime back that they would make receivers for so everyone automatically and cynically has to match it. BTW a Motorola rep at the meeting today tried to shout me down by saying that Motorola has perfect 8-VSB receivers no problem today. Later talking to him outside he knew nothing. So the dreaming goes on. If Barton does not get some real world input his bill will crash and burn, dead on arrival. I was there because I really would not like that to happen but whenever DC hears anything they don't like they attack. 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.