[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:48:22 -0500

The nice thing about a clear QAM TV getting 'those stations available with an antenna' is that with cable I can actually and reliably receive the darn things at my last 4 residences. Though even on cable I get some drop-outs here in Gainesville with my HTPC tuner.


- Tom

Craig Birkmaier wrote:
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


----------------------------------------------------------------------
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.



--
Tom Barry                  trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx  



----------------------------------------------------------------------
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.

Other related posts: