Bob Miller wrote: > Maybe no one is doing much about converter boxes because > they all expect, or even know that another delay is > coming. > http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/03/01/eveningnews/techtalk/entry252739 3.shtml#ccmm > > And this guy invokes the poor. There is some logic to his theory. First, broadcasters stand by a modulation scheme that hasn't been fully worked out yet, so they can encourage viewers to subscribe to cable/DBS, and get some of those subsription fee $ back from these distribution companies. Then, after receiver technology has been sorted out, broadcasters fail to inform the public, maneuver with the subscription services and retailers to keep products off the store shelves, fail to follow through on their cheap STB RFP (I'm talling about the NAB now), and so on ad nauseam. Isn't it strange how this seemingly obvious scheme does not work in Europe or Australia, in spite of the fact that the UK, at least, appears to have the same sort of retrans consent rules that we have here in the US? To illustrate, it looks like yesterday or the day before, Virgin Media stopped carrying Sky channels, for retrans consent disagreements: http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?id=2276 I guess we have to believe that broadcasters in the UK, Italy, France, PREFER not to get back those subscription revenues, PREFER to have people use Freeview, because they are high minded and civically responsible. Instead here, they greedily conspire with umbillical services to get people addicted. There's something that doesn't track here, which is why I continue to dismiss these conspiracy theories (and also any notion that CE manufacturers give a tinker's damn about modulation schemes). Something is weird structurally, though, and I wish I knew what it is. Maybe it is as simple as what Dale says: govt subsidies, which play a part in Freeview and similar Euro systems, make the difference. That blogger should quit whining and buy a Samsung STB. Can't stand the whinings of an addict. And as I recall, it was the NAB that wanted to stick with 8-VSB, not just CBS. 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.