[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 15:24:41 -0400

My agenda has been a decent fixed receiver and a decent mobile receiver. 
I have stated as long ago as June of 1999 that I would be ecstatic if 
there was a decent 8-VSB receiver even if for only fixed reception. We 
have looked at every possibility that has come along. I was on the phone 
with Linx minutes after I first heard of their test in Chicago. When 
Sinclair told us to look at the latest 5th gen receiver from LG we were 
on the phone with them and Hisense within the hour and before we even 
tested. When Mark Aitken says something is worth looking at I believe 
him though it was a painful process.

We are the only entity that is actively testing 8-VSB receivers today. 
Doesn't it strike anyone as odd that a start-up is the only company 
looking for decent 8-VSB receivers. I have been in DC three times in the 
last few weeks and Congress has NO interest in this problem. The FCC is 
looking into receiver issues? Broadcasters other than Sinclair?

I have a painful time just getting the attention of LG or other 
companies who are in the process of producing these receivers. None of 
them seem to have a clue or care that there is a problem.

The simple truth is that very few people are interested in OTA in the 
US. I would say that could present an opportunity. Look at Emmis. A few 
months ago they were pushing OTA broadcasting like no one else. Now they 
are selling off their TV station.

Bob Miller

John Golitsis wrote:

>All these demos/tests were conducted by people/groups with an agenda.
>Who's agenda do you want to believe?
>On 16-May-05, at 2:46 PM, John Shutt wrote:
>>You don't have to believe anything except if this demonstration was
>>attempted with even the Cold Fusion LG box, you would have seen  
>>images only
>>when the vehicle was stopped at a light.
>>Don't believe the experiences of the hundreds of engineers who  
>>traveled to
>>Baltimore during the Summer of 1999 to partake in the Sinclair head  
>>to head
>>8-VSB/COFDM demonstrations.
>>Don't believe the 2000 NAB DVB demonstrations.
>>And while you're at it, don't worry about a thing.  ATSC is here to  
>>right up until the bitter end.  We may end up turning off ATSC and  
>>NTSC at
>>the same time.

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