Unless the FCC stipulates that satellite TV or Digital OTA for that matter must be transmitted with greater detail and clarity, it won't ever happen. Not when more lower definition programs can be transmitted within the same bandwidth as fewer HD programs. As for giving people what they want, a week or so ago a survey by Scientific Atlanta was mentioned here. You can read the entire piece at: http://webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?SESSIONID=&aId=6521 In it was revealed the following amazing information about the public and HDTV: "* Close to one in four (28%) of HDTV owners reported that they did not get any special equipment from their service provider to watch HDTV channels because the picture quality was already improved with the purchase of an HDTV. * 23% of HDTV owners did not invest in special equipment to watch HDTV channels because a message at the beginning of the programs they watch tells them that those programs are being broadcast in HD. * Nearly one in five (18%) reported that they believed the HD television would give them high-definition channels without additional equipment." P.T. Barnum was right. There is one born every minute. Barry Wilkins wrote: >Doug, >>From your comment regarding P.T.Barnham I take it that there is a parallel >in that he apparently made money by exploitation? I am not particularly >familiar with his works but I understand he was successful by giving people >what they wanted. I cannot say that DTV quite meets the same expectations >right now. >Barry > >On 12/16/05, Doug McDonald <mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > >>Barry Wilkins wrote: >> >> >> >>>O.K. Doug, >>>The implication though is that if they could double the bit rate per >>> >>> >>channel >> >> >>>by doing this then that suggests they could send more standard bit rate >>>channels, which I presume would be exactly what they would do in >>> >>> >>preference >> >> >>>to improving quality. Always it would appear to be the commercially >>>advantageous choice that gets the push, unless there was some >>> >>> >>enforcement of >> >> >>>a minimum standard. Do you agree? >>> >>> >>> >>> >>Why of course ... P. T. Barnum was one of the greatest >>thinkers the world has even known. >> >>Doug McDonald >> >> >> >> >> > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.