Forgot to include this article on receivers in OZ http://www.dba.org.au/newsletter/IB-AugSep05-full.asp#PRODUCT8 Bob Miller wrote: >Albert Manfredi wrote: > > > >>Bob Miller wrote: >> >> >> >> >> >>>You keep saying that but it is just as obvious to me that >>>modulation is the issue. The real question is if we had >>>DVB-T in the US why wouldn't we be doing as well as >>>other countries like the UK, Japan and France to name >>>a few? >>> >>> >>> >>> >>Maybe because those countries have a higher percentage >>of OTA households, so the manufacturers figure on a >>greater demand. >> >> >> >> >The US has 280 million of which 42 million or 15% are OTA only by some >accounts. That is a far bigger market than OZ for example where there >are only 19 million inhabitants altogether many of which are on cable or >satellite I presume. So why is LG selling a COFDM receiver there? And >BTW I thought that LG had stopped selling any STB, 4th gen or otherwise >in the US, where did you hear otherwise? > >Back to the subject. There are 103 different STB COFDM receiver models >actively being sold in OZ with 11 more in the PCI and USB area. There >are 26 different manufacturers for just the STB's of which LG is one. > >So I suggest your idea that is manufacturers seeing a higher percentage >of OTA households as bogus to the Nth. > >Look at LG alone. In the US they have a vastly bigger market. They own >the IP and have few competitors. In OZ they have lots of competition >which is actively selling, they don't own any IP rights to COFDM and yet >there they are. > > > >>Maybe because in those countries, cable and DBS services >>don't give kickbacks to manufacturers for providing >>hardware for subscription services only, creating a >>disincentive for FOTA hardware. (Assuming this is >>true, which of course I don't know, but it has been >>aledged by two broadcasters here.) >> >> >> >> >If there is a store selling for Murdock's SKY in the UK you can bet they >are making something from Murdock. And yet you will find most stores >actively selling Freeview because they can make money on it easy. Easy >sale with profit at $50 and up. And they are selling Freeview 12 to 1 >against SKY. > > > >>Maybe because in those countries, the DTT multiplex is >>made much more attractive that the analog OTA >>choices, suggesting that broadcasters are really serious >>about deploying a better OTA service than before. >>Whereas here, so far, the DTT and NTSC choices >>are pretty much the same. Which leads manufacturers >>to think there will be scant demand. >> >> >> >> >You are right there but it is a chicken or egg situation. If US >broadcasters were really focused on OTA we would not be even having this >conversation because 8-VSB would have died in its sleep in 1997. But at >any point if COFDM had been allowed "more attractive choices" would have >been offered by broadcasters much like in the UK and other countries. > > > >>Mobility per se is not even the issue. The DTT plants >>are primarily designed for fixed service, be it portable >>or not. Even the DVB-H streams seem like they will >>not be using the same 8 MHz bands as DTT. >> >> >> >> >Mobility and portability are the main issues as will be seen over the >next five years. DVB-H is only a short term fix for the battery problem. >Long term regular TV will win out and be available on a wide variety of >devices of all sizes mobile. In that world satellite radio, satellite TV >all fade to black as cable and FiOS fight it out for the living room and >fixed broadband and mobile digital everything (TV, RADIO, INTERNET, AND >CELL) becomes the gorilla. Longer term I believe that wireless >ubiquitous everything also kills fiber and cable. Wireless is just going >to be the cheapest way to deliver everything. The plant will just cost >so little to maintain compared to cable and fiber. This will only come >after much further spectrum shuffling and a lot more smart radio technology. > > > >>I repeat: technical inadequacy might have been a >>valid excuse in the past. Technical inadequacy >>CANNOT be a valid excuse this season, when LG >>(for one) sells an apparently adequate solution with >>DirecTV boxes, but continues to sell an obsolete >>design, which existed last year, with FOTA DTT-only >>boxes. >> >> >> >> >I thought I was saying that 18 months ago but it has not come to pass. I >don't know the problem but the light I now see at the end of the 8-VSB >tunnel is faint and is 2 years or more away. And it rest on technology >that has not been really proven. > >Even if it is it will have been 10 wasted years with 8-VSB. > >Bob Miller > > > >>Bert >> >> >> > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.