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

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "OpenDTV (E-mail)" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 17:57:20 -0400

Bob Miller wrote:

> But he does express the silent opinion of many in
> Congress and the FCC that OTA is essentially dead.
> Or was this what was planned all along?
> I don't see how they are going to explain the
> rebirth of OTA worldwide using COFDM while they try
> to shut it down in the US.

Bob, you're making a far bigger deal of the
modulation aspects than they are due. There is none
of the rebirth you're alluding to going on, even
in Europe.

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. A real, viable
business segment. Because OTA is popular enough but
yet tricky to receive due to the low output of the

In Italy, it's become a "green" thing. My sister
can no longer receive OTA of most UHF channels via
rabbit ears because all but RAI 1, 2, and 3 reduced
power. 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.

(Interstingly enough, only 2 of 20 apartments use
OTA. Sound familiar?)

That Humax receiver sounds promising too, then?
I think that's the one that doesn't support any
sort of timed operation. Too bad.

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