It seems to me vendors are willing to sell OTA STB's for over $200. And it also seems buyers are willing to buy them in quantity for under $100. That in turn does not seem to be a business model that would attract most vendors. I guess the rule of thumb is to buy OTA STB's only at closeout sales. - Tom Albert Manfredi wrote: > So yesterday I go to the same Radio Shack where I bought my Accurian just > before Christmas, because they were showing on the web site that they had > some in stock. I was planning to buy a second one. There was someone else in > line before me, waiting to talk to the store manager. > > When his turn came up, he was there to ask about buying an OTA HDTV > receiver! And not only that, but the store manager had a well rehearsed > reply ready for him. "The Accurian is a discontinued item. I don't care what > the Internet says, there are none in stock in any of the Washington area > stores." Obviously, he had been asked many times. > > So again, I hope and trust that this isn't being lost to Radio Shack upper > management. Given the right price point, which I'm guessing to be around > $100, and nothing more than a word of mouth reputation for good performance, > there is a healthy demand for DTT STBs. (FWIW, my prediction was that by > now, STBs should be going for a regular price of about $130, so that they > could have dropped to just under $100 by next holiday season, when analog TV > was slated to go off the air.) > > Much as I was disappointed that there weren't any in stock, I was pleased by > the evidence of demand. I told the guy to try Circuit City nearby and > Costco, not much further away. Drawing from Richard's research, I told him > that both Circuit City and Costco had STBs that were clones of the Accurian, > so they too should work reasonably well. At Circuit City, they were out of > the 3rd gen LG STB and LG PVR units (which were in stock before Christmas), > but had the Pro brand, Digital Stream brand, Samsung SIRT-451, and also a > Humax PVR which was claimed to be good for cable, DBS, or OTA. When I asked, > the store clerk said that OTA was digital OTA for this Humax PVR. > > Prices at Circuit City now were no different now from what they were before > Christmas *and* before Christmas 2004. $229 for the Digital Stream and > clones, $249 for the 3rd gen Samsung. The supply of OTA antennas seemed to > be depleted from before Christmas. They only had two or three types left in > the store, only the cheaper ones. Including one that clips to the DBS dish. > And again, Circuit City has these items right up front, not hidden away. > They are next to the DVD players and DVD recorders. But prices are amazingly > stable, especially given that these units are quite aged by CE product > standards. > > So I think that demand for DTT products does exist and could be nurtured > quite easily. Seems to me clear that if DTT products don't move quickly, it > is entirely caused by an incomprehensible failure from the supply side of > the equation. Meaning the CE vendors and the broadcasters themselves. > Failure to promote, failure to provide up to date products at price points > the CE market can certainly meet. Maybe vendors are trying to force people > to buy all-new integrated sets. Don't know. Seems counterproductive to try > to force people to buy what they figure they don't need, but what do I know. > Surely, if customers with older TVs try out DTT and like what they see, they > will be more likely to spring for the new HDTV sets, no? > > Bert > > _________________________________________________________________ > Express yourself instantly with MSN Messenger! Download today - it's FREE! > http://messenger.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200471ave/direct/01/ > > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > > - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at > FreeLists.org > > - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > unsubscribe in the subject line. > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.