Berlin DTV transition a useless example for North America

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Bob Miller overlooks the following facts about DTV in Germany, as
presented to the FCC:

Germany lacks many advanced services, including HDTV.

Germany has fewer channels than North America.

German broadcasters are not interested in HDTV technology.

HDTV sets are unavailable in Germany.

There isn't enough enough spectrum available to support HD terrestrial
broadcast in Germany.

Most of the added digital channels were already carried in analog on
German cable.

It is unlikely that Berlin's unique set of circumstances exist elsewhere
in Germany, much less North America.

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Sounds like the USA to me.

The broadcasters are not realy interested in hdtv

Very few people own hdtv capable displays

Most of the digital channels are just duplicated/upconverted analog

Most of the stations barely understand hdtv. Look at the slip ups when
broadcasting HDTV

LOL

Richard R.



"Mark Crispin" <MRC@CAC.Washington.EDU> wrote in message
news:pine.WNT.4.60.0405052000550.4652@Tomobiki-Cho.CAC.Washington.EDU...
> Bob Miller overlooks the following facts about DTV in Germany, as
> presented to the FCC:
>
> Germany lacks many advanced services, including HDTV.
>
> Germany has fewer channels than North America.
>
> German broadcasters are not interested in HDTV technology.
>
> HDTV sets are unavailable in Germany.
>
> There isn't enough enough spectrum available to support HD terrestrial
> broadcast in Germany.
>
> Most of the added digital channels were already carried in analog on
> German cable.
>
> It is unlikely that Berlin's unique set of circumstances exist elsewhere
> in Germany, much less North America.
>
> -- Mark --
>
> http://staff.washington.edu/mrc
> Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
> Si vis pacem, para bellum.
 
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In article <D_mdnfvWne3OIATdRVn-tw@wideopenwest.com>,
"Richard R" <jwerir@wideopenwest.com> writes:
> Sounds like the USA to me.
>
> The broadcasters are not realy interested in hdtv
>
> Very few people own hdtv capable displays
>
> Most of the digital channels are just duplicated/upconverted analog
>
> Most of the stations barely understand hdtv. Look at the slip ups when
> broadcasting HDTV
>
> LOL
>

Remember: your examples are a small subset of the important issues...
Like usual, Richard R, you are wrong. Refer to the previous article
to the more complete list. Also, in 1950, refer to the following
FROM YOUR OWN LIST:

Very few people own TV sets.

Most of the channels are full of totally silly content made from
the secretaries or sales personnel.

Most of the stations barely understand TV or the technology, and
slip-ups were common.

LOL.

John
 
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On Wed, 5 May 2004, Richard R wrote:
> Sounds like the USA to me.
> The broadcasters are not realy interested in hdtv

Is that so?

Then why are most of the Seattle-area broadcasters bragging about their
HDTV capabilities?

Why does the NBC and ABC affiliate broadcast their local news programs in
HDTV?

Why is their local-origin programming in HDTV? The NBC affiliate has been
particularly aggressive in doing all their local programming in HDTV.

If this is "not really interested", I can't wait to see what "interested"
entails.

Perhaps Seattle is a center of HDTV, and New York City is not. Well, too
bad for NYC. I do not care about NYC.

> Very few people own hdtv capable displays

The HDTV displays that are flying off the shelves at Best Buy, Circuit
City, etc. must be going somewhere.

> Most of the digital channels are just duplicated/upconverted analog

Of all the worthwhile Seattle DTV channels (I don't count religious and
shop-at-home channels), that description seems to apply only to the PAX
affiliate and an independent.

ABC, NBC, CBS, WB, and UPN all broadcast at least some of their
programming in HD widescreen. FOX has a lot of widescreen programming as
well, although they're still broadcasting in 480p.

-- Mark --

http://staff.washington.edu/mrc
Science does not emerge from voting, party politics, or public debate.
Si vis pacem, para bellum.
 
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