[opendtv] Re: something

  • From: "Stephen W. Long" <longsw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 13:41:45 -0500

There is at least one good thing about the OTA DTV transition - it seems
that it really did hasten the rollout of HDTV.  I doubt if cable or
satellite would have made the investment to switch to HDTV so quickly if OTA
was not moving to digital/HDTV.  Once most of the desirable channels became
HD, SD only shows have less and less visual appeal - once you get use to the
clarity of HD, it is almost painful to watch over compressed SD, at least on
an HDTV flat panel.

This holiday season is seeing my household move to all HD sets - family room
(done), MBR, study (done), teenager basement game room - I'm looking for
Black Friday deals while on vacation here in Florida.  It seems like the
real action for sets this year is "true" or "full" HDTV - 1080p.  Which I
guess means 1080i was only "false" or "Half" HD (smile).  I've visited
several stores so far - no one displays OTA images - only in-store HD
servers (I wonder what the bit rates are - you seldom see macroblock
artifacts).  It is also amusing to read some of the ads - "HDTV tuner
included free."

I am looking forward to March 2009.  As the full impact of the failure of
8VSB to provide reception similar to NTSC becomes evident, it will be a
blast to watch the politicians crank up their rhetoric to find out "who did
this to the American people."  As said in the movie Happy Feet - its a show,
dinner and a show.  I can't wait to watch.

Stephen Long

-----Original Message-----
From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Cliff Benham
Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:36 PM
To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [opendtv] Re: something


Craig Birkmaier wrote:
> "HDTV?"
>
> "THAT'S IT!"
>
>
> Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

At least you didn't mention "Turkey" in the same breath
with "HDTV".  #;^)



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