[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:38:30 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> Built-In HDTV Tuner: Add HD-capable antenna to receive
> over-the-air high-definition broadcasts, where available.
> Optional set-top box required for high-definition cable or
> satellite programming.

Only because the cable and DBS companies are pulling the strings, and
their customers are the puppets. People in general don't want it to be
this way. Matter of fact, the same thing is happening now with the QAM
tuners that has been happening for years with NTSC tuners: people going
for basic cable, now unencrypted digital cable, just so they can do
without the STB. (CableCard, two-way CableCard, would solve that problem
too, for all cable channels.)

"The reality is" that you either think in terms of what's best for the
cable company or what the consumers want. Consumers in large part don't
want the STB, and it doesn't matter to them if it's more lucrative to
cable companies to rent out proprietary STBs.

The built-in browser is a similar situation. It's most likely true that
the more nerdy crowd will make the TV part of a PC-centered system. But
if the conglomerates are serious about using the Internet for some of
their distribution, then they will have to "encourage" the CE
manufactuers to build in the most essential components in the TV. That's
the only way this Internet medium will get used by the masses, for TV

Besides which, I'm not sure I understand why so many people favor a
return to the mainframe idea. The "central computer that runs your whole
house" is a bit of a throwback to the future-think ca. 1955. We're way
past that now. Computers are embedded and distributed, not centralized.

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