[opendtv] Re: News: Barton Wants DTV Tuners Sooner

  • From: Terry Harvey <tjharvey@xxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, "'opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 22:45:44 -0700

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 

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 

> >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.

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