Mark Schubin 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 talk. > > That seems like an easy one to answer: cost. That *would* appear to be a decent guess. But I don't think that's it. Because, in fact, the cost of these newer solutions is lower than the cost of the 3rd gen products we've been offered for so many years. Even the FCC pointed this out. The "latest and greatest," they reported, do not cost more. Cost is not associated with performance. The newer designs cost less, because they are much more highly integrated. > 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? Because they have the mandate regardless, and the newer chips cost less. So what's so hard about using the same solutions in STBs? And by the way, I've never seen any evidence that the market is shrinking, in the 6 years I've heard this repeated. Instead, my guess is different. My guess is that CE vendors see no great and growing market for STBs, simply because they see no attempt from broadcasters to promote their product. Besides which, CE manufacturers would also much rather sell an entire new TV than an STB. Mind you, if broadcasters promoted their multicasts, in addition to HDTV, the market for STBs might grow a lot. People would opt for an STB to use with older sets, if there were desirable programming not available otherwise. However broadcasters see no reason to promote their product because they live in fear of losing their cable carriage. Stale mate. And again, please anyone show me where DVB-T would change anything here. I think my guesses are more accurate than any others, but they are still just guesses. Until we know, any purported answer to this dilemma is not very credible. For example, *just* an example, if there really were a conspiracy to kill DTT, then any further cost cutting or improvements in performance would not fix anything. That's used to illustrate that real answers are needed here, not just idle speculation. 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.