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

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 17:19:19 -0400

Here is an article that talks of Italy and their transition. Doesn't 
sound too bad.


I will stick to my prediction that SKY will see a negative subscriber 
number this year in the UK and it will be because of Freeview. Germany, 
Italy, France and others will follow suit later. The SKY is falling.

Bob Miller

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

>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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