John Shutt wrote: > Bert, Occam's razor. Australia has a ton of boxes. They're a > DVB country. Italy has tons of boxes. They're a DVB country. > The UK has tons of boxes, too. They are a DVB country. The > United States has very few boxes. They are an ATSC country. John, let's see. In the UK, people drive on the left. In Japan, people drive on the left. In Malaysia, people drive on the left. It must be that in all countries with 50 Hz mains people drive on the left. I suppose that if you keep telling yourself that the LG 5th gen prototype was "cold fusion," you can continue to believe this fairy tale. For the rest of us, me anyway, this excuse of yours sounds just like that: an excuse. If broadcasters believe it, failure is sure to follow. The proverbial self-fulfilling prophecy. Much more plausible, instead, and staying away from silly conspiracy theories (even if there is some truth to them), is that in those European countries that have successful DTT, broadcasters have put together an attractive DTT package without being browbeaten into submission by the cable companies. Somehow, they managed to offer a meaningfully different service compared with the analog. And somehow, the cable and DBS businesses haven't prevented them. CE manufacturers see this and respond accordingly. Over here, thanks to said intimidation, the broadcasters offer over DTT not much more than what they offer as NTSC. And CE manufacturers see that too. If there is a difference, it is that DTT offers HD. So if you're going to buy an HDTV set, you get the built-in ATSC (no STB needed), and the retailer will lure you into an umbillical service to boot. That sounds a lot more plausible than your story. And DTT languishes. Remember how sure everyone was that integrated ATSC sets would cost "hundreds" more than monitors? They don't, at least not in the sets that have to comply with the mandate. Follow the price curve as you go from small monitor LCDs to large integrated sets and tell me where this big price spike caused by the ATSC receivers is visible. I wouldn't continue to insist on old theories that don't hold up. 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.