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

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 19:04:07 -0400

Nick Kocsis wrote:

>Agreed.   Many who bought the first receivers to come on the market  were
>not aware of the problems of reception that lay ahead of them.   At the same
>time there was nothing to compel them to buy ahead of the analog shutdown.
>But as a consumer issue most purchasers did not know what the FCC and
>broadcasters already knew and were not telling the U.S. public (DVB adopted
>in the rest of the world was working just fine and consumers were buying it
>whereas in the U.S. the public at large had no concept of what ATSC DTV was
>all about and mostly were not buying it).
>Yes, improvements will continue to be made to the 5th generation receiver
>chip but that fact is secondary to the fact that Schubin can receive all the
>DTV stations in a strong signal area that he had no hope of receiving with
>generation 1 to 4.    And that event is as momentous as when Alex Graham
>Bell announced to his assistant, "Watson, come here, I need you!"   The
>newly invented telephone worked and so does ATSC (finally) the way it was
>The 7th generation will pale in comparison to the importance of the 5th  and
>predictably will hardly be an incentive to dump the old and purchase the new
>anytime soon.
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