Yes, we have been trying to ingest the document for the last several days. Our continuing message to Congress (the folks that drive the FCC!) is simple. Read this report addressed to you, then make the FCC finish its tuner mandate work (namely, specify performance requirements)! Among other interesting facets of the OET discussion, the graph on page 34 details a large discrepancy in performance for a large variety of receivers/tuners/converters based on multipath performance. While the focus of discussion in this report is whether (or not) coverage assumptions made by the FCC are relevant (they argue yes), the body of data gathered can paint a picture similar to the focus of many previous discussions. While it is possible to develop/market/sell DTV receivers/tuners/converters that work well (at least some prototypes show promise!), there is NO MANDATE that they do so, any many fall short! The fact that only ~ 1/3 of the tested units (from this report) are capable of reception in this stated example (multipath environments) adequately is a vivid portrayal of the realities WITHOUT a mandate for a minimum performance requirement. Additionally, while the CEA and most of its members tend to throw up the ATSC A/74 "Recommended Practices" document as proof that there is no need to specify performance requirements, the facts that the above OET document shed light on tend to show otherwise. "Recommended Practices" are NOT enough to ensure that the American public have ready access to well performing DTV receivers/tuners/converters. A recent article that has been recently posted here (<http://www.digitaltvdesignline.com/showArticle.jhtml?printableArticle=true&articleId=173601582 <http://www.digitaltvdesignline.com/showArticle.jhtml?printableArticle=true&articleId=173601582>>) puts into perspective the need to go /*beyond*/ the ATSC A/74 "Recommended Practices" document. While it is argued that the ATSC A/74 "Recommended Practices" is the baseline, issues such as real world ability to perform well with multiple high power signals present are not even spelled out in the recommended practices. The whole body of evidence available today suggests that, YES!, it is /*possible*/ to develop/market/sell DTV receivers/tuners/converters that works reasonably well! The experience of the Broadcast community is that, while possible, there is no reasonable expectation that the few products put into the hands of Americans today /_will_/ work in the majority of locations, most of the time, with simple antennas. If the expectation of Congress is that DTV receivers/tuners/converters WILL work for most Americans (a requirement to complete an ill-guided transition), it is my opinionated suggestion that performance requirements be placed on ALL such products, not simply the "digital to analog converters" being looked at for subsidy. The future ability to reach into American homes with "Over-The-Air" television under any circumstances is surely at risk otherwise. Mark Schubin wrote: >http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-199A1.pdf > > > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- >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. > > > -- ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> Regards, Mark A. Aitken Director, Advanced Technology <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< =================================== Sinclair Broadcast Group 10706 Beaver Dam Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030 Business TEL: (410) 568-1535 Business MOBILE: (443) 677-4425 Business FAX: (410) 568-1580 E-mail: maitken@xxxxxxxxxx Text PAGE: page.maitken@xxxxxxxxxx HTML PAGE: 4436774425@xxxxxxxxxx www.newscentral.tv www.sbgi.net =================================== If mankind were to resolve to agree in no institution of government, until every part of it had been adjusted to the most exact standard of perfection, society would soon become a general scene of anarchy, and the world a desert. ~ ~ ~ Alexander Hamilton ~ ~ ~ =================================== CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any files transmitted with it contain confidential information intended only for the person(s) to whom this email message is addressed. If you have received this email message in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or email and destroy the original message without making a copy. Thank you. *********************************** ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.