The UK DTV model started with OnDigital that put tens of thousands of subsidized boxes into the hands of individuals, who got to keep them after OnDigital's demise. DTV uptake in the UK after OnDigital's demise, and other places, is enhanced by the ability to receive additional programming that cannot be received via analog FTA. No such stimulus is offered here in the US (because in most cases the additional programming is subsidized by TV License fees) so there is no incentive for the average OTA viewer to buy an STB. (The very few HD display owners who rely exclusively on OTA excepted.) Until the US offers "DTV Exclusive" programming, it will take an analog cutoff to provide any incentive to buy digital STBs. Would this situation been different had the US adopted the Sinclair petition? In my opinion YES because broadcasters such as Papas and Sinclair would have been touting DTV much more than they did, and networks would have been looking for ways to leverage more profit by offering DTV exclusive derivative multicasts of their cable brands. (ESPN/Disney for ABC, News for NBC, MTV for CBS, and movies for Fox) Further, the CEA manufacturers would have been swamped with competition for STBs by European and Asian manufacturers, since the designs could be so similar (I simply point to Australia as an example.) As it stood, nobody wanted to build an STB in 1999 when the PSIP standard, the E-VSB standard, and the echo tolerance ability was still in flux. Making a box prior to 2004 was tantamount to making an obsolete product before it even left the factory floor. Not true with DVB-T, with the exception of the 2K only former OnDigital boxes. As it is, the entire industry has been in a holding pattern waiting for the 1999 promises of operational receivers to be fulfilled. As exampled by the prototypes that have been tested by Bob Miller, even 2005 STBs fail to live up to the LG prototype, so there still is something else to be solved. Maybe it will never be commercially solved to the M.Schubin site standard. John ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.