[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 07:54:30 -0800

Doesn't cable card ONLY work on QAM tuners?  Why would cable card be 'all
but gone' on most of these sets.

John Willkie

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De: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] En
nombre de Craig Birkmaier
Enviado el: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 4:13 AM
Para: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Asunto: [opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

At 5:52 PM -0500 1/14/08, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
>The protestations from those who bemoan the supposed high cost of the
>ATSC receiver were always mostly for (annoying) dramatic effect. The
>whole premise of those receivers has always been that they would be
>combined with digital cable receivers (at least), so that a large
>fraction of the buying public would find them useful. Which is what
>transpired.

Not exactly.

Yes, many new TVs do include a QAM tuner that allows you to access 
cable programs that are in the clear - typically only the same local 
stations you could get with an antenna. The cable card options is all 
but gone on most of these sets.This is what Best Buy says about the 
tuners for every model I looked at:

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.

Without two-way connections, the cable tuner option was mostly useless...

So the reality for the vast majority of consumers that are purchasing 
these sets is that they will still need a STB to watch the 
programming they receive today via cable or satellite. Those internal 
tuners are just wasting energy...

Regards
Craig
 


 
 
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