[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:31:52 -0500

At 11:56 AM -0500 1/16/08, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
Big deal, Craig. HD PVRs should be commodity items by now. Of course the
umbillical services prefer you to use their proprietary boxes. It gives
them a persistent revenue stream. And of course they'll try to introduce
features that are difficult for third party systems to implement, just
to keep people dependent on proprietary solutions.

But again, unless you are on their payroll, there's no reason to imply
that these tactics are objectively the best solution from the consumers'
point of view.

Consumers who want HD content are not likely to be satisfied with the VERY LIMITED offerings of the broadcast networks. For one thing, ESPN HD is a major driver of new TV sales, and you can;t get that with an antenna. then there are the growing number of channels that are moving to HD - we just got the HD version of The Food Network.

DirecTV is promising 100 HD channels soon. DISH is playing catch-up but HD is a majopr thrust. And Comcast is pulling out all the stops to reverse the loss of subbscribers who are moving to satellite for HD.

Now how many "different" HD channels can you get off the air Bert?


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