[LINK] US going digital TV in 2009
cas at taz.net.au
Sun Mar 4 10:42:47 EST 2007
On Sun, Mar 04, 2007 at 08:02:05AM +1100, rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> Wow. Mossberg's statements are truly amazing, to the point where you
> wonder if there's a handbook telling shills what to say about digital TV.
> For mine, I have never seen any reason to change my position on digital TV:
> 1) The "digital dividend" is probably chimerical; at best, it's overstated.
yeah, well, all the talk about "digital interactive" stuff is over-rated
but both SD and HD set top boxes do give a noticably better picture than
analog TV. even on an old TV set.
> 2) Consumers are being required to subsidise consumer electronics
> through a forced upgrade they mostly don't care about (they're more
> interested in a screen to play the fave DVDs than what might happen in
that's why there was a 10+year transition plan. they should have backed
that up by requiring new TVs sold for the last few years should be at
least SD. instead, the whole plan has stalled.
> 3) The digitisation of TV is being used to trojan more DRM into the
what DRM? there's none on free-to-air TV here in australia.
> The benefits to consumers don't justify the policy or the penalties, and
> never did...
$60 for an el-cheapo SD set-top box is dirt-cheap and gets you greatly
improved picture quality on free-to-air TV. as good as DVD.
that's less than what people will pay for a new antenna.
craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>
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