[opendtv] Re: Democrats Air Concerns About Analog Switchover

  • From: Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 19:21:00 -0500

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
Until we find
out precisely what it is that keeps innovative solutions away from the
DTT market in the US, any speculation about DVB-T in the US is idle

That seems like an easy one to answer: cost.

ATSC A/52 and A/53, from Day One, have offered commentary, dialogue, and music-&-effects audio channels requiring dual-stream audio decoding. This is how many DTT receivers (integrated or stand-alone) offer dual-stream audio decoding: 0.

The FCC's latest video-competition report (with data as of June 2005) showed 86% of U.S. TV households connected to cable, satellite, or some other non-broadcast provider of TV programming, with the number increasing all the time.

So why should a TV-set manufacturer spend money on a shrinking market that has not shown any desire to pay for advanced-reception technology?

A-VSB was at the NAB convention; I doubt it will be in any product at January's Consumer Electronics Show.


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