[opendtv] Re: Democrats Air Concerns About Analog Switchover

  • From: "Gary Hughes" <ghughes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 17:37:15 -0500

Gregory J. Ward wrote:
> I've heard that digital HD broadcasts as they're currently deployed
> have lots of trouble with multipath, and in fact look worse than
> standard resolution analog broadcasts.  I'm all in favor of broadcast
> if the results are nice.  What I'm not keen on is buying a converter
> to get lousy reception when what I had was fine before.

Not so. It is mostly an all or nothing effect. If you get the picture it
comes in beautifully. Where I live, about 35 miles NW of Boston, I do
not get a watchable picture on any analog UHF channel, but I get all the
Boston area DTV signals with an antenna in the attic.

And comparing the OTA picture to the same service carried on cable (and
transcoded down to 15mbit/sec), the OTA picture quality is noticeably


Gary Hughes
Video Architect, Advanced Engineering
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