[opendtv] Re: Freaking Out!!

  • From: Richard Hollandsworth <holl_ands@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 00:44:10 -0800 (PST)

Personally, I think that there is a significant market for:
1. Small Video Cellphones on which the kiddies can watch music videos (or 
whatever) via headsets and would be a killer app with VIDEO GOGGLES (and if 
GOGGLES could do decent 3D, everyone would buy one).
2. Cellphone/Palm/PocketPC devices with screen sizes in the 5 to 10 inch region 
that can download video on demand or watch realtime....to while away the time 
while in queue, on the bus/subway/airplane.
3. The same Mobile TV screen could be used in more and more and more vehicles 
to not just distract the kiddies but also serve as a mobile Internet terminal 
so the passenger can work, check email, review restaurants menus, 3D Digital 
Cinema schedules, watch TV, whatever.
I think the "Shakira" type demos to tiny Cellphone screens are missing the real 
potential of reliable broadcast (i.e. COFDM, MEDIAFLO, et.al.) to larger 
sub-notebook sized Terminals and the seemingly forgotten but equally plentiful 
full-sized Notebooks and even Desktop PC at homes and businesses.

The same non-ATSC broadcast systems used to feed mini-videos to mini-screens 
can also be used to feed a variety of daily SD/HD movies and other programs 
that are selectively dumped to the much larger device's hard drive for possible 
replay at a later time...could even be on demand.....gee, sounds more and more 
like wireless IPTV...

Mom jumps into the Exploder and the kiddies simply point to which program they 
want to watch (suitably authorized by Mom of course).
No need for Mom to pre-record or transfer a disc/file from the home... the new 
Wiggles or Raven episode is already there by being on the automatic download 
list....and of course Mom will need to be able to designate which fav programs 
are to be save to be repeated over and over and over and over again....

And in all of this, my wife and I are still looking for an affordable mobile 
two-way videophone to replace my Lingo VoIP service ($23/mo for unlimited US, 
Canada & West Europe...other countries also available).

8-VSB???  Sure, it'll still be in use the by 10% (and shrinking) who don't buy 
into wonderful plentitude of services that monthly service fees buys you.
he real question is whether the local ad agencies are going to spend their 
money on this tight-wad lot....or move their cash to other venues...
It all depends on which way the consumers re-orient their viewing habits.
Which means whatever is cheap, effective and can be operated by a 3 year old....


Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Always wondered what the broadcasters 
reaction would be when mobile DTV 
started to actually arrive. With both Qualcomm and Modeo talking of 
offering service in NYC this year we may find out. I know of one 
broadcaster who is starting to freak out on this and it is not Sinclair.


So does anyone expect mobile DTV on cell phones and Ipods etc. to 
co-exist with battery packed head beanie rotator antennas and 8-VSB in 
the US?

I don't think so. I think 8-VSB goes away. Either we change the 
modulation or OTA "broadcasting" just whithers to where they sell off 
some more spectrum in a few more years. Sort of a vegetative state.

Bob Miller


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