[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Boxes Could Cost $1 Billion

  • From: "Dale Kelly" <res0xtey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 08:22:16 -0700

Bert wrote:
>Lynx and LG seem to have made a large stride in
> that direction.

Does anyone know the status of Lynx, post sale? Are they still a player in
ATSC development?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2004 7:04 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Boxes Could Cost $1 Billion


> Eory Frank wrote:
>
> > The biggest problems I see with reception 'guarantees' are
> > (1) VHF to UHF transition, which will require some OTA
> > viewers to install new antennas, (2) DTV ERP and (3)
> > comparisons of DTV to NTSC where NTSC is worse than Grade 3.
>
> One point on VHF to UHF transition is that indoor reception
> might actually improve.
>
> I did an informal test in an internal conference room (no
> windows) with the TV set used for watching cassette tapes.
> Reinforced concrete building, some 7 miles from the
> transmitters as the crow flies. VHF of local channels is
> essentially unwatchable. UHF ain't half bad. In urban
> settings, if ATSC stays UHF, it might be an advantage.
> Out in the boonies is another matter.
>
> On the Grade 3 point, I think we have already long seen
> cases in which ATSC reception was achieved when analog
> was worse than Grade 3. Only it wasn't consistent enough.
> One example was way back in the Hong Kong tests of 2000.
> Another might be Cliff's reception of Baltimore stations
> (but not necessarily of Philadelphia stations). I think
> possibly now we're getting to where this phenomenon is
> more consistent and repeatable.
>
> Your point about someone who would accept a really bad NTSC
> picture just to receive the content is undeniable. The goal
> is to move that digital cliff ever further in the direction
> of really poor analog reception, in more and more reception
> venues. Lynx and LG seem to have made a large stride in
> that direction.
>
> Bert
>
>
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