[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Converter Box announcements

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 12:49:33 -0500

Bob Miller wrote:

> "Digital FOTA radio seems to be doing fine too." Thus you
> imply that OTA DTV is doing fine also? Now?

HD Radio is doing well, according to that article just posted by Craig,
because radio broadcasters seem to actually care.

Looks like DTT will at least be given a try by many people, just going
by the newspaper reports on the applications pouring in for the coupon
program, and the recent announcements by Echostar and others (Philips,
Zoran are other recent ones) of their intention to participate.

People do use ATSC receivers, when they have access to them. Even if TV
broadcasters remain amazingly shy about DTT. Even on this list, you have
seen several DBS users who also use DTT, either with the built-in ATSC
receiver, or via the DBS provider's STB. And I don't need to remind you,
I hope, that it wasn't until summer of 2007 that I finally saw the very
first reasonably priced DVD recorders with built-in ATSC receiver.

So it looks like DTT is and will do reasonably well, but much of the
thanks goes to the FCC -- the coupon program and the 1 March 2007
receiver mandate. Otherwise, the TV indistry in general, including the
CEA, seemed much more eager to get everyone hooked on subscription
schemes. And everyone marching along in lock step.

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