[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 12:17:13 -0500

John Shutt wrote:

> Until the US offers "DTV Exclusive" programming, it will
> take an analog cutoff to provide any incentive to buy
> digital STBs.

Concur 100 percent. Offering more than analog OTA had been
offering seems important also in France and Germany.

> 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)

I agree, Craig would probably disagree. Craig argued that
the major networks are just as happy making that extra
content they produce exclusive to cable and DBS. My
question was always why not do both?

> 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.

I think this is overstated, as you know. The problem was
solved, and I've only seen conjecture that the solution is
somehow too expensive. I think a good guess is that the
difference in the LG prototype was the tuner, yes?

If so, you might be interested to look at the Zarlink web
site. Remember that a Zarlink employee co-authored that
interesting article from Digital TV DesignLine, where he
discussed what it took to make a tuner compliant with A/74.

Well, gues what? Zarlink seems to have made an all-standards
tuner, probably the motivation for that article. It is
compatible with all their demods, ATSC, DVB-T, DMB-T. It
suggests an intriguing situation where DVB-T front ends are
designed to comply with A/74.

Anyway, the point is that if the tuner was the difference,
these same good tuners would apply to all DTT receivers, so
the argument that they cost too much can't hold. Or at
least, not for very long.

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