Dale Kelly wrote: >Bert wrote: > > > >>If both retailers and CE vendors get a kickback for >>getting people hooked on subscription services, there >>is a DISINCENTIVE for retailers and CE manufacturers >>to sell OTA equipment. Get it? It pays *not* to sell >>OTA equipment. >> >> > >IMO Bert has it exactly right and as many of you might recall, that's been >my opinion for a number of years. > >The long-term goal of Retailers, the CEA and the Cable/Satellite industries >appears to be that: "Every One pays for TV programming* ". The cost of entry >into the DTV world today is either a new cable ready DTV set or a >subscription service STB. There are several million DTV monitors currently >in consumers hand who effectively no longer have the option to purchase HDTV >capable OTA receivers, which assures that they will also require >subscription services (unless they currently own an older OTA STB). > >* = often we pay for it twice since much of the non broadcast originated >subscription programming also contains commercials. > > And if COFDM had been allowed in 2000 those same retailers would be incentivized by companies like USDTV to offer their services with FREE OTA receivers. There would be a number of such companies and most retailers would be more than happy to make money with OTA just as they are with cable and satellite. And the variety of OTA receivers in the US would be mind boggling and total sales of or delivery of subsidized receivers would be well over 100 million today and the transition would be over with already. All laptops would include OTA receivers built in or included in a bundle. Etc. Etc. Bob Miller > > >-----Original Message----- >From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On >Behalf Of Manfredi, Albert E >Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:14 AM >To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >Subject: [opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV > >Bob Miller wrote: > > > >>If broadcasters were not married to must carry there >>would be no 8-VSB modulation in the US and we WOULD >>have adopted DVB-T. >> >> > >I think you entirely missed the point. > >If both retailers and CE vendors get a kickback for >getting people hooked on subscription services, there >is a DISINCENTIVE for retailers and CE manufacturers >to sell OTA equipment. Get it? It pays *not* to sell >OTA equipment, because CE vendors, retailers, and of >course the service providers, get, or may get, a >consistent revenue stream from each sale of MSO-type >equipment. CE vendors and retailers don't get that >from selling OTA equipment. It's a one-time sale, >imagine that concept. > >So now we're back to your mantra about "what if we >had adopted DVB-T." No change. The modulation type >makes no difference. This should have started to >become obvious after 4th and 5th gen chips became >available, already 2 years ago, and are having such >a hard time finding their way to store shelves. > >If this situation is real, I have to wonder why it's >allowed to go on. Isn't that "collusion," or >something along those lines? > >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.