[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: Doug McDonald <mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 08:41:56 -0600

Tom Barry wrote:
>>  If
> advertising supported OTA could be conveniently received as well as 
> cable with $50 STB's and integrated TV's using only a set top antenna 
> then most everyone would get it, even those with cable & sat since it 
> would be easier to hook up for 2nd and 3rd sets.
> However I'm not claiming DVB-T would necessarily do this.  Dunno.

Nope, it won't. Despite the rants of those who live in Manhattan (NY,
not KS), the killer problem with indoor DTV is NOT multipath, but signal
level. Those who say otherwise simply live very close to all-colocated
stations in big cities. The reality is that the marker for OTA is
everybody, and most people live either in rural areas or very far
suburbs, or between markets.  Ask Mr. Benham.

The biggest thing we could do to make OTA DTV work really well
is increase power levels 10 dB across the board, except perhaps
topping out at 5 MW not 10 MW.

Doug McDonald
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