Tom Barry wrote: > It is just beyond credibility to me that companies > trying to license the 5th gen chip from LG are not > given the needed info and allowed to analyze the only > existing magically working receiver. Not the only magically working receiver, but perhaps the best one so far. I don't find that so surprising. Why should LG give all its tricks away if it can get others to make "adequate" boxes that aren't quite as good as its own? If LG can establish a reputation as being the best receiver out there, but oh by the way you have to buy the whole intergrated set (or PVR/DVDR) to achieve that level of performance, would you find it surprising that they would latch onto such a marketing strategy? I think it's to be expected. But the way I see it, if LG can do it, before too long someone will have matched or beaten them. It wasn't long ago that "we" were all claiming 8-VSB would never work, remember? Do we need to continue being myopic? > I also cannot believe that Congress is willing to > make a lot of noise about finishing the transition > and yet will not officially ask these questions of LG, > accepting instead a plastic mockup being waved in the > air. Congress has the primary goal of getting the transition over with, to auction off spectrum. If no more than 15 percent of congressmen use OTA TV anyway, is it so surprising that they'll take the manufacturers' word that existing receivers are adequate? "Let's just get it over with" is probably more what they feel.=20 Besides which, where DTT has been deployed successfully, it IS NOT received in any universally bullet-proof way, with mere paper clips for antennas, down in concrete basements. It is, on the contrary, more often received with the help of professional antenna installations. So there's no reason to think that Congress would feel compelled to mandate the LG prototype as minimum acceptable performance, I don't think. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.