Bob Miller wrote: > People in other countries migrated away from OTA also. And in those countries where people migrated in large numbers to cable, DTT is not a big deal. Including in Germany, it's not a big deal. Italy, France, UK, even Australia, are all heavy users of OTA TV. (And by the way, the average guy in the street is just about as clueless on DTT in Italy as over here. In spite of the reported high penetration of DTT specifically in Sardegna.) > Both Germany and Japan have very high cable penetration. > Doesn't seem to affect the very successful rebirth of > OTA in either of these two since both countries are at > 30% and 35% penetration of households after less time > than the US has had with 8-VSB. First of all, I question those figures. I have no idea how successful ISDB is in Japan, for example. Secondly, and most importantly, in all these DTT countries, what they are offering is regular TV. Yes, a greater choice of channels, but regular TV. EXACTLY what ATSC, even without A-VSB, is quite capable of doing. So all the stuff about mobility, or other excuses, is just noise. If anything, due to the low power they are using in France, Italy, and the UK, mobile DVB-T is highly doubtful. So let's quit harping on irrelvant things. You should look at what the meaningful differences are. For example, how many TV channels are offered over German cable systems, compared with what is offered over their new DTT scheme? It is this sort of thing that makes a difference. Instead, you obsess over the modulation type. People here, with new ATSC-capable sets, do use them. It would be nice to have those numbers, but already two of my friends at work have done this recently, as they have bought new integrated sets. The other thing to consider is promotion. I listen to FM radio. I am amazed at the level of promotion their new digital stations get on the air. I think groups like Bonneville Broadcasting are doing a super job. I cannot say the same for TV, although I was happy to see CW 54 in Baltimore, a Sinclair station, promoting their music video multicast. Good for them. 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.