I'd like to introduce myself, I am new to the list. I work for a university and am the engineer for their television production facility. We will be building a new television facility in two years and it will be all digital and all High Def. Hopefully it will be all file-based. I joined this list to listen in on potential delivery methods of digital HDTV. We currently put our programming on the local cable system in SD analog. Now for my thoughts of Over The Air digital signals. I am spending good money to receive the OTA DTV. I would not if DTV only offered the same service as the analog signal. No, I want HDTV. I am not willing to pay for cable or satellite HDTV because I cannot afford $75 a month to reach that tier. But I do care about quality - that is why I am spending money on receiving and viewing OTA HDTV signals. But I am not willing to pay a monthly charge to someone while having to sit and watch commercials that are paying for the programming. I realize I am probably in a minority since 80 percent of our metropolitan area is receiving cable or satellite. Another reason for OTA DTV is the quality. The HDTV signals on satellite and cable are not nearly as good. The statistical multiplexing does not work well enough. The local digital SD pictures are even worse on cable and satellite. So I will be watching OTA DTV for a better signal quality. I hope broadcasters do not try to do what the cable and satellite providers are trying to do. But to me, there is great potential in OTA broadcasts. I only wish I had a DTV broadcast license so I could send our content to 100 percent of this area's population. I could put programming on it that no one else can deliver. Even better yet, I could deliver more digital content besides video than I could just programming one channel on a cable system. And if my content is desirable enough, people will pay to have equipment receive it. So I hope broadcasters realize what they have before they give it up. Again, as a customer, I really want to see free high quality HDTV programming stick around! Dan Grimes Manager of Instructional Production and Engineering UNLV Greenspun School of Communications ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.