[opendtv] Re: STB hunting

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 10:04:03 -0500

At 8:41 PM -0500 1/24/06, Tom Barry wrote:
>I also think it likely that many NTSC homes after the cutoff will
>purchase a new entry level integrated TV, and then watch only whichever
>channels happen to work with that TV and their existing antenna.

I agree with Tom that this will be true for a portion of the "holdouts."

But it may be worth considering the following.

Cable lifeline and entry level DBS packages can be had for less than 
$20/mo. If an integrated TV costs $400 at the time of the cut-off, 
that's almost two years of service for the price of a new TV.

Nobody knows for certain what's going to happen. There is, however, 
one thing that we can be reasonably certain of: the share of U.S. 
homes that will rely exclusively upon OTA DTV reception is not likely 
to grow when the NTSC service is shut down.

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