[opendtv] Re: STB hunting

  • From: cbenham@xxxxxxxxxxx
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  • Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 16:39:57 +0000

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From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>

[The Govt.] could have said "let the market
> decide," which is what they do when truly not interested
> (e.g. analog stereo AM radio). *That's* the kiss of death.

But Bert, THEY ARE interested! Thats my point. They are sooo interested they
want it dead so they are not about to let the market place decide.
> > Why else have none of the manufacturers spent much effort
> > developing and *marketing* OTA STBs like they are in the
> > rest of the world?
> I think there are more credible reasons. For example, since
> broadcasters are spending no effort to make their digital
> tier particularly attractive, 

Gee, as far as I can tell the cable co. has all the local DTV sub channels
that are available OTA, yet cable is more popular.  
I wonder why?

> > Why is DTV mostly advertised as available over satellite
> > and cable? Why don't any of the sales people at the
> > consumer electronics stores know you can receive DTV OTA?
> Because they're stupid? 
> <snip>  Retail clerks in all industries have a special way of being clueless.

Yeah, because they are trained by management to be stupid, or clueless, like 
> > And why [aside from trying to save it's inventor/patent
> > owner Zenith, the last U.S. consumer electronics mfgr. at
> > the time] was 8VSB chosen over what the rest of the world
> > is using, COFDM,
> Or Ibiquity over DAB/DRM, or NTSC over PAL, or MediaFlo
> over DVB-H, or 115 V 60 Hz over 220 V 50 Hz, or English
> measuring standards over the metric system, or CDMA over
> GSM, or .....
None of the things you mentioned parallel the manner in which 8VSB was chosen 
in the U.S. over COFDM.

> The US likes to do its own thing. This one is not a big deal.

Not any more. It's too late.

> A simple change of *one* component, the demod, makes a DVB-T
> box into an ATSC box. 

Doubtful. This is an oversimplification if I've ever heard one.

> Bert

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