Barry Wilkins wrote: > While you folks are at it over there you might as well > have the railroad companies invest a whole mess of money > in electrification of all trunks to improve efficiency > but don't promote it. On the contrary, why not have the > oil companies subsidize the railways to avoid (by > agreement) them actually having passengers, so ensuring > that there will always be more automobiles to consume > more gas. > > The above may appear a little exaggerated but I think > your DTV transition sounds like something out of a novel > that may have the title "Alice in Blunderland". That sums it up nicely. And, as you say, this is not in the consumers' best interest. But what leads to this state of affairs? It is the consumers. In countries where consumers willingly embrace the umbillical media, I don't see how things could turn out differently. And the US is not the worst in this regard. If, in New Zealand, the combination of cable and DBS does not account for a huge majority of the viewing public, then DTT should be successful. In countries where cable and DBS already offer a large assortment of TV channels, as well as HDTV, the gains DTT offers over analog OTA are just not going to create a big stir. It's really not surprising at all, I don't think. But I also think that there are a lot of people out there who benefit from being negative about this transition. There are still many 10s of millions of OTA households in the US, and these will all go to DTT (give *and* take a few). If enough negative articles can be written about OTA TV, though, investors, as well as the more gullible and go-with-the-flow consumers, will buy into the subscription TV frenzy, and cable/DBS companies, retailers, and even broadcasters, will likely benefit. Another aspect of this is that there is a knee-jerk reaction among many journalists to make whatever the FCC mandates or encourages sound bad. So, for example, it becomes automatically bad to have TVs with CableCard, and consequently good to rent a cable company's proprietary STB. And again, gullible consumers will salute and march in lock step. 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.