[mythtv-users] Re: Help with choices for new HDTV card (US) - OT

jgvp jgvp at cogeco.ca
Fri Dec 24 20:30:43 UTC 2004

This is only a personal viewpoint, but I can't help thinking 
(admittedly more like hoping ) that when OTA HDTV becomes fully 
established encompassing all the networks and local channels that the 
need for cable and satellite service will eventually diminish. Their 
"dog in the manger" attitude towards the viewing public, which has been 
revealed with the advent of HDTV, will bring about an anti-Hollywood 
and anti-cable/satellite festering reaction. Let's face it, most if not 
all of the additional 200 odd channels that we have become accustomed 
to with cable/satellite, ( you still can only watch one channel at a 
time,) have really only surfaced because they are vehicles for 
commercial advertising, and I could conceivably forego them if I was 
able to view OTA HDTV to my heart's content, as I do now but via 
satellite. Think of the money I would save as a bonus. They just don't 
seem to realise, while the revenues continue to roll in, that they are 
actually killing that which laid the golden egg.

On Dec 24, 2004, at 2:46 PM, mythtv-users-request at mythtv.org wrote:

>  Even
> if/when the pcHDTV folks produce a firmware image capable of tuning 
> QAM,
> you are at the mercy of your cable company as to whether they encrypt
> your stations now or in future.
> OTA is a different story because the hardware and standards are in
> place: your local TV station can't require you to have a "cable" box,
> and so must maintain compatibility.
> -Doug
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