Bob Miller wrote: >> We have a perfect example of what ails OTA TV in the >> Gainesville market. Craig says 93 percent cable >> penetration. Gee, what a surpise. They don't even provide >> the major networks OTA. Is it really that hard to figure >> out why Gainesville TV customers don't care much about >> their ATSC tuner? > All your arguments are correct for the current ATSC tuner. > Your arguments don't hold up if we had a DVB-T/H tuner. If > that were so then you would have a completely different > choice being offered to the viewer. Aaaargh. All of this migration away from OTA happened well before DTT was a factor, Bob. It happened mostly because many people wanted 150 channels of sports, and it happened in the late 1970s and 1980s. Well before any talk of DTT. If Gainesville, and probably other similar markets, don't even offer the basic OTA channels, this has nothing to do with NTSC/PAL/SECAM/ATSC/DVB-T. It has everything to do with the fact that the bean counters in Gainesville find operating OTA stations to be less than lucrative. Or they are on the take. Or whatever. So expecting for DTT to be huge hit, after the population went voluntarily, or was forced to tie themselves to the umbillical cord, is fighting an uphill battle. You won't match the choice of cable regardless. People don't have your obsession with COFDM. They couldn't care less about OTA TV, mostly because, especially over there, they see it as totally inadequate. It's not modulation schemes they are looking for. They can't even get NBC OTA, for heaven's sake. At this stage of 8-VSB development, it would be very possible to introduce a cool new OTA TV service in Gainesville with ATSC, technically speaking. It works, it's cheap, you can offer multicasts as well as HDTV, and it's the law of the land. If people aren't flocking to it in droves, it's NOT because of the modulation. It's because there are only four channels available, those same bean counters still see 93 percent of people tied to cable, and the people still want 150 channels of sports. Or they've been brainwashed into complacency. As to DVB-H, that's certainly allowed, and it's still a possibility. Let me know when it's a huge hit anywhere. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.