[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:43:19 -0500

John Shutt wrote:

> Bert,
> I ask again, who is the "we" that you claim p*ssed away
> all this time, and over what indecision?

The motivation for shutoff of analog TV is mostly to
redistribute spectrum for other uses. So it's the
government's responsibility, the FCC having jurisdiction.
The existence of a "tuner mandate" and the timetable for
its implementation are both heavily dependent on FCC

So the "we" refers mostly to govt, as in "we, the people."

> Your old refrain is that broadcasters failed to get into
> the receiver manufacturing business so it is they who
> p*ssed away the time, right?

That too, but it's secondary. Broadcasters aren't the ones
interested in reclaiming spectrum. But certainly,
broadcasters ought to be interested in the continued
viability, or maybe even growth(?) of their businesses. If
it was obvious to me that CE manufacturers were not coming
through on their promised product introductions, it should
have been far more obvious those whose businesses depend
on these products.

Are cable and DBS companies in the "receiver manufacturing
business," John? I don't think so. And yet, they do take an
interest in making sure the boxes they depend on are
available and meet *their* requirements. As long as
broadcasters are entrusted with their own dedicated
distribution medium, I'm not sure I understand why the same
responsibility would not apply to them?

Evidently, your NAB agrees.

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