[opendtv] Re: Lawmakers Establish 2009 Deadline for Analog TV Phaseout

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 12:14:30 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

>At 8:54 PM -0500 12/20/05, Tom Barry wrote:
>>I just don't believe it.
>Much can happen between now and 2009. Other budget reconciliation 
>bills have tried to put an end to, or to save NTSC. But every 
>deadline and auction date has been scrapped when the dates drew near.
>P.S. If you live in New York or California, don't plan on getting an 
>ATSC set-top box. Both states have passed laws/regulations limiting 
>the in-use and standby power for DTV set-top boxes, and more than 30 
>other states are considering similar limits. These limits were 
>determined using European DVB boxes with SD resolution. The in-use 
>limit of 9 watts is too low for an ATSC box with HD decoder. The 
>original legislation passed by the House included a provision that 
>overrides these state imposed limits, but it was dropped during the 
>Conference negotiations.
>How ironic - the Feds will provide subsidies for STBs that are 
>illegal in the nation's two most populous states...
   Or as California hopes all receivers will be made to comply with 
their law. Congress was worried that this would increase the cost of 
their $50 receiver. Is there a physical law that would preclude the 
building of an HD 8-VSB box that works at the power levels prescribed by 
these laws?

Bob Miller

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