[opendtv] Re: Fewer than 2 Million have OTA DTV in US

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Dec 2006 23:25:34 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

You think that the major markets have adequate choice in TV? Yes
they have more channels filled with off-network garbage. More
important, in the major markets you'll probably find some Spanish
language channels.

No need to get overly verbose about this, Craig. The simple fact seems to be that major markets have enough OTA TV choice to attract between 20 and 38 percent of TV households, according to Dennis' post a few days ago. End of story.

If you don't even have the full complement of FOTA networks available in your market, then no wonder people have to find other media.

First, let me lay down the premise that transmission technology can
support the delivery of the equivalent to extended basic cable to at
least 95% of the population of the U.S.

I don't even know where this is coming from. Not even in Europe is this happening, reason being, it's not as you say. If you need to offer continuous coverage between markets, you won't have as much room as cable systems have, for each market.

I have my Sangean HD radio tuner set up and running. Because it starts with FM, before switching over to the digital stream, you have a ready A-B comparison between FM and digital sound. On a decent stereo, hard to tell the difference. Digital gives you other programs, so it's a good deal, but truly the FM sound is wonderful too.

In fact, the FM tuner is better than my previous one. Less background hiss, it seems, even on Baltimore stations. But the weird part is, in hybrid mode, I've yet to receive any Baltimore station in digital. Hmmm. Will do some more experimenting. The FM comes in well, on some Balt stations, but never digital.


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