[opendtv] Re: New transition web site

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2007 07:37:41 -0500

At 9:34 PM -0500 3/2/07, Albert Manfredi wrote:
Judging from what's been happening since 2002, saying that the switch to COFDM was just a delaying tactic sounds ever more plausible. Depending who was doing the asking. Clearly, the industry as a whole seems to be dragging their feet any way they can, when it comes to FOTA TV. Whether that was to spend another couple of years redoing the planning factors for COFDM, or whether that was keeping the ATSC innovations strictly hidden away from consumers.

Maybe in your world Bert, but not in the competitive world where the marketplace works.

Can you imagine what could have happened if the FCC HAD allowed broadcasters to use COFDM modulation?

Imagine that most of the broadcasters would have done nothing, as you characterized above. But Sinclair, Pappas and others would have switched to COFDM and created a Freeview-like system, and used their stations to promote it.

Way too disruptive for the politicians and regulators who are propping up a system that has 100% clearance for OTA boradcasters and 85% of U.S. homes paying for Free TV.

We can't have no stink'n marketplace, Amigos...


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