[opendtv] Re: STB hunting

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 15:42:24 -0500

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> First, the number of DBS subscribers in the U.S. is now
> in excess of 27 million, or nearly 25% of all U.S. homes.

And the latest poll quoted by Mark Schubin said something
around 22 percent for OTA households. So *roughly* the
same. And even when DBS was below 20 percent, no one was
dismissing it as being insignificant.

>  1. The number of U.S.  homes that still rely exclusively
> on the NTSC service is unknown, or at least the numbers
> that are quoted from different studies are conflicting.

Yes, but the conflicts go from a low of 15 percent to 19
percent (NAB poll of some time back) to 22 percent. And
that percentage is *not* going down, as far as we have seen
in the past 5 years or so.

So again, I'm baffled by the apparent urge to dramatize.
If DTT is as straightforward to receive as it can be, e.g.
my example, I see no reason to assume that NTSC households
would want to get sucked in by anyone else.

Just the facts, Craig, no excessive conjecturing or wishful

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