Bob Miller wrote: > > Matter of fact, the lower power of Euro TV, especially > > in countries like the UK, France, and Italy, where 10s > > of KW are all you're going to get for UHF TV, creates > > a whole business segment that we don't have here. > > Antenna installers. > > 8-VSB with current receivers needs antennas at any power > level. Bob, this constant overstatement does not help your cause. > The fact that we don't have a viable antenna installer > business only attest to the failure of 8-VSB in the US. No, it attests if anything to a failure in OTA TV. Antenna installers, or "antennisti" as they're called in Italy, have had to exist originally for PAL. Over here, unless your apartment complex happens to have a central antenna system, it's typically up to each homeowner to figure it out. And usually they can, if they're so inclined. All I'm saying is that you're making a far bigger deal of this antenna business than reality supports. The supposed ease of reception, with multiple low-powered repeaters, is mostly propaganda. It's a lot more interesting to talk about REAL WORLD problems and REAL WORLD solutions than to be subjected to constant propaganda. For example, I'm a lot more interested in hearing how people truly deal with TV reception around the world than to hear BS nonsense about how easy it supposedly is. It ain't anything like the propagandists on this list have been saying. > > So now, in her condo, they are debating whether to > > install a central antenna system. And yet they are > > only a few miles from the repeaters that feed the > > North part of Rome. > > Yet they are considering a central antenna. Sounds like > a few more may take up TV or DTV now that they have > approved funding for an additional 1.4 million receivers > at a subsidy of 70 Euros. No doubt there might be some converts to OTA if the central antenna is finally installed. But the interesting thing is, but I have to verify this, that would be a requirement by law. FOTA TV reception is supposed to be provided, and her condo does not permit individual roof antennas for each apartment. So installing the central system is, she tells me, mandatory, or risk a fine. > France will begin a subscription service using MPEG4 > and COFDM. This one I am very interested in. Again, you're overstating how cool this is. The H.264 codec is *only* used for HD in France. Which means that in *practice*, confound it Bob, you're not hardly gaining anything. What's so interesting about a scheme that forces the simulcast of HD and SD, just so lower cost receivers get service? The simulcast takes up almost *exactly* as much room as the single MPEG-2 HD broadcast, and sometimes takes up more spectrum. At the same time, there's nothing to say ATSC can't introduce H.264. It's just another transition, though, and not required for HD over here. 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.