Craig Birkmaier wrote: > And did I mention the way the MPEG-2 process was corrupted, when > Sony, Thomson, Sarnoff, GI, and other broadcast interests took it > over and entrenched outdated technologies like interlace for SD > and HD? Or that they did this again with H.264? > > The point here is that the people behind the ATSC are also the > people behind the DBS industry and the consumer electronics > industry. They were not primarily concerned about the viability > of the U.S. DTV standard - if anything they did their best to > cripple it. What they wanted, AND GOT, was the force of > government behind the idea that everyone would need to upgrade > to HDTV capable receivers/displays. Some of what Craig says certainly rings true, in light of the apparent disinterest in OTA TV shown by broadcasters, the CE industry, and the retail industry. I've bitched frequently about the inexplicable lack of DTT-capable hardware, such as separate STBs or recording devices, and the disinterest and lack of knowledge on anything DTT evident at retail stores. As to the rest, even if completely factual, it can be circumvented easily. One example being H.264 compatibility. There's absolutely no technical reason why AVC cannot be added, even though it did not exist when the ATSC standard was being written. So maybe I can phrase my thinking like this: Even if many of the developers of ATSC had ulterior motives, and no intention of making DTT become a success, the standard is in place and improvements have been made "in spite of their best efforts"(?). So it's still possible to make it work from a purely technical standpoint. But of course, even a technically perfect system can be sabotaged. Digital radio broadcasts started only about one to two years ago, in most places. The level of promotion you see far surpasses that of DTT, 8 years down the road. Availability of hardware is still a little tentative, but at least we know the broadcasters are behind it. This cannot be explained away as just random chance. 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.