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

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 18:48:00 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> I don't know of a lot of cases where people want to pick
> up ATSC stations that are more than 50 miles away.

I sure as heck would. Not only that, but one would think
that broadcasters would love to have an RF scheme that
works without requiring people to erect outdoor antennas.

As I indicated, my brother-in-law in Albuquerque just got
one of those new LG DirecTV STBs. He was trying to figure
out what to do to pick up local HDTV. Tried his cheap indoor
antenna, and voila, no problems.

> Perfect reception in adjacent markets is a PROBLEM, not a
> feature.

This depends on whether you talk to a real user of OTA TV, or
whether you talk to cable, DBS, or even OTA *broadcasters*.

From a consumer's stand point, no contest. Of course you
want to pick up stations from as far away as possible.

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