[opendtv] Re: New ATSC 3.0 Technology Group Formed to Anticipate TV of the Future

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 12:22:01 -0400

At 10:53 AM -0400 9/7/11, John Shutt wrote:
Really? Any "ATSC 3.0" had better have a backwards compatible mode for at least one video stream.


We have already suffered enough (and are still suffering) because of stupid mistakes with the existing standard:

1. Interlace
2. 59.94
3. No forethought for the ability to upgrade as standards evolve.

Consider the following:

IF Netflix canattract more paying subscribers to a streaming service that works with multiple consumer boxes (game consoles, Roku etc)...

IF Apple can build a very capable TV box for $99 that connects to new TVs via HDMI...

And IF cable and DBS companies get 85% or more of the population to use STBs to deal with evolving standards...

THEN perhaps it is time to let go of this backward compatibility canard.

Which would you rather have:

A dying broadcast service that is used only by a small percentage of the population?

A modern broadcast platform that "might" cause people to buy a cheap box to take advantage of the MANY new services that you could deliver to an expanded OTA audience?


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