[opendtv] Re: Content picture fuzzy for latest HDTVs

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 17:52:28 -0500

Dale Kelly wrote:

> Where are the protestations from those who bemoan that, when
> ATSC receivers are included in all sets, customers are
> forced to pay for hardware they might not use? I realize that
> the ATSC receiver was mandated and this new hardware is not;
> it appears to be the manufacturers choice and that makes it
> OK? It would be, of course, if the consumer has an option to
> purchase the same set without that hardware, at a lower price.


My guess is that at a given price point, the set will incorporate the IP
interface whether or not the customer "wants it." But I agree with Kon
that it will die on the vine if it's as limited as they are making it.

Gimme a very basic general purpose browser and an IR-connected keyboard,
and maybe it will become a useful feature. I'd use it, rather than
watching catch-up shows or foreign TV news on a PC, quite gladly.
Probably not needed as part of a PVR's front end, since these shows tend
to be on-demand already.

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

And that the cost would be minimal, which has also transpired.

The CE manufacturers have seen the light. Pundits are slower.

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