[opendtv] Re: Let them eat cake (and ATSC while they're at it)

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 12:32:28 -0400


A simple yes or no:  Have you watched the Bob Miller video?  Have you ever 
seen a real ATSC receiver, any generation?  Brazil field test reports don't 
tell the whole story, and you more than most on this list should know that.

The lack of promotion of OTA digital is due directly to the "wait just a bit 
longer for the generation receiver that really works this time."  As 
evidence, I simply point to the glowing reports that Sinclair gave the LG 
receiver, and the flurry of media stories that came out soon after.  When LG 
decided not to market the receiver, all enthusiasm died once again.

Broadcasters are not to be confused with networks, Bert,  O&Os 
notwithstanding.  Broadcasters are more focused on cable carriage than they 
are modulation standards.  I have no idea why.  Networks decide where they 
place their content, not Broadcasters.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>

> The truth is, if people here used the same professionally
> installed antennas as they do in Euro contries, at
> heights way beyond any 30' level that people like to carp
> about here (we are talking about typically 5 or 6 floor
> apartment buildings in urban areas), there would be no
> problem with even 1st gen ATSC receivers. Over there, the
> low power drives them to these installations. And also
> the fact that almost everyone lives in apartments rather
> than single family homes (in urban areas).
> My bet is and has been that success, or lack thereof, of
> DTT will not depend at all on whether you have DVB-T or
> ATSC. I suppose broadcasters can make excuses if they
> feel they must.
> As much as I couldn't care less about football, the fact
> that ABC is not going to broadcast Monday Night Football
> OTA is far more likely to help speed up the demise of
> FOTA TV than any modulation standard. If broadcasters
> allow their most popular content to become available only
> on umbillical services, it's laughable to hear them use
> ATSC as the excuse why OTA isn't making it big.
> Bert

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