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

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 13:20:42 -0400

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

>John Shutt wrote:
>>Bull, Bert.  First of all, you have zero experience at
>>how well European receivers "really" work, and second
>>of all you have zero experience at how well ATSC
>>"really" works.
>You are perfectly free to think whatever you like, John.
>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.

Success has everything to do with the modulation. We have not been able 
to even offer a service because of the reception issue. Look at USDTV. 
No business plan including current broadcasters stand a chance sans must 
carry with current 8-VSB receivers at any power level. As I have said if 
5th gen becomes a reality it might be possible. It is not a reality nine 
months after testing a decent prototype. And how many years after Linx? 
Or the original miracle chips of 1999.

In the meantime success is being had by ventures using COFDM.

Bob Miller

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