On 3/2/07, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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.
I don't know if they have retrans consent and how it works if they have it and if you don't know all the details you probably know nothing. I do know that a number of content providers have left the SKY subscription model for Freeview's ad supported only venture. OTA sans sub fees must look more lucrative there.
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.
Doesn't track if your not on the track at all. All CE companies want to do is sell as much product as they can next quarter. They don't care about modulation schemes. For example I believe that Harris was against COFDM because it would cause a short term delay in transmitter sales and they could care less about what was the better modulation. I think though that they got hurt short and long term by that decision. The first thing that broadcasters did after 8-VSB was re-affirmed with the support of Harris was to ask for and get the right to broadcast at low power which cut into their sales. I think that the short term worry about a delay prompted the CE companies to support 8-VSB and I think it hurt their sales of HDTVs, especially when they had bigger margins. OTA with 8-VSB has done very little IMO to help the sale of HDTV sets. I think that allowing COFDM in 2000 would have stimulated sales far more. Hard to argue against this idea since 50% or more of HDTV buyers don't have any HD content and 20% don't even know that they don't have HD content. Suggest that very few knew and therefore could have been influenced in any way by the fact that HD was available OTA.
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.
A lot of members of the NAB would have been for a switch if it had not been for their abject fear of Congress. ABC, NBC, Pappas, Sinclair and others would all have voted for COFDM if Dingell and others were not threatening them with loss of spectrum and licenses saying that the bid for COFDM was a delaying tactic. In fact I think Sinclair, Pappas did vote for COFDM. If ABC and NBC had not caved we would not have the transition problems we have today. It would have been over in 2006. I like the new verbs coined by Dennis Haarsager http://technology360.typepad.com/technology360/2007/03/rep_dingell_tel.html "To dingell" (after the above), meaning to delay taking responsibility until it's someone else's watch. Also, "to kneuer" (after NTIA head John Kneuer), meaning to avoid responsibility by doing the bare minimum required by law until it's someone else's watch. --Dennis Watch Kneuer doing his thing, kneuering on C-Span, The Communicators three episodes ago. Bob Miller
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