It is interesting to see Frank repeating this arguement once again: At 07:36 PM 4/13/2005 -0700, Eory Frank-p22212 wrote: >Which was exactly the correct assumption. For most citizens, the idea of >using a large roof-mounted antenna for TV viewing is unpalatable. When >coupled with the idea of "this is the digital future," it's absolutely >ludicrous! Of course, free OTA DTV is the best kept secret in the US. The "most citizens" are not aware of free OTA DTV : cosider if OTA DTV was better known and better served, consumers may make the effort to put a 'modest ' sized antenna up? As most broadcasters are heading to the UHF or at least upper VHF band for DTV, what's the difference between a satellite dish and a UHF antenna? Not much. The problem with OTA DTV is that the broadcasters do not see any value in it besides using their big stick as a link to the cable headend. A more imaginative approach would have been to use the broadcast spectrum to deliver a rich array of services. Perhaps when DVB-H is launched in the next year or so by Microsoft and others the dinosaur broadcasters will take note... > >Consequently, many DTV owners can't watch digital programming > >because the signals aren't yet carried by most cable systems and > >viewers are unable to take advantage of the full range of digital > >services that cable operators aren't necessarily carrying, such as a > >stations' multiple programming streams. > >That's hysterical! "most cable systems" carry MUCH more DTV and HDTV than >could ever be watched with a terrestrial antenna, even if that >antenna/receiver had the most perfect reception. That's hysterical?!! I don't see in many communities in America the digital services just yet. Outside of major cities, the smaller cable operators are still fully analog. In fact, many are considering passing the 8VSB through to the subscriber to circumvent the high cost of headend remodulating equipment infrastructure. Terry Harvey >The sad reality is that the only reason for a DTV owner to not be able to >watch much digital programming is that he is using an antenna and only >watching free DTV. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.