[opendtv] Delay in accepting change

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:09:35 +0000

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> Yes, transitions take time. HDTV was inevitable, for no other reason
> than higher quality TV was suppressed for years by the lack of a
> viable alternative.

> The next biggest driver was Moore's Law, that made affordable flat
> screen TVs and computer based HDTV production

And yet back in the 1990s, you were arguing, quite forcefully, that it wasn't 
going to happen. Too expensive, no consumer interest, not necessary, the 
standards are no good, it's only content that matters. But it was pretty 
obvious, even back in 1991, that both of what you mention here were true. It 
was obvious that TV of the day was amazingly primitive, and it was obvious that 
Moore's law would soon make any required innovations for HDTV affordable.

I'm saying simply this: Consider the same type of transition happening now, wrt 
TV content distribution. Arguing against this will only give me the opportunity 
to quote you, a few years down the road, after all the changes are in place. 
Why lob the slow pitch?


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