[opendtv] Re: OTA and MVPD competition

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:18:12 -0500

John Shutt wrote:

> First, using 720p, I doubt that any cable system is devoting 15 Mbps
> to ESPN-HD. Second, there is no reason why the *free to air* version
> of ESPN couldn't be widescreen 480p, which would be easy to create
> from the 720p version, and would compress nicely and take up even
> less space than NTSC derived 480i, and telling their viewers if they
> wan HD then they PAY for it through cable or DBS.

I agree, John. "Some people" have a habit of inventing fictitious
obstacles to continue pushing their agenda, even when these obstacles
prove unfounded time and time (and time) again.

OTA broadcasters can arrange their multiplex however it makes sense. If
the ABC O&O or affiliate sees fit to broadcast the sports program in HD,
it could reduce the quality of the other stream to SD, for example. It
all depends on viewership.

BTW, barely related, yesterday I did some A/B testing, comparing S-video
and component video (set to progressive scan) from my SD DVD
recorder/PVR to the HD display. Viewing up close, the differences were
really hard to make out. I used live HD broadcast in the A/B testing,
not DVD. The results might be different with DVD.

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