brad+myth at templetons.com
Wed Aug 2 07:18:09 UTC 2006
On Tue, Aug 01, 2006 at 08:19:43PM -0500, Ivan Kowalenko wrote:
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> On Aug 1, 2006, at 19.49, Jafa wrote:
> > Around here every NTSC channel is also broadcast ATSC. Using ATSC
> > gives
> > a number of additional channels and much better quality.
> Well, some of us were thinking as an external, dual-tuner MPEG-2
> encoder for things like cable, or for those of us who have systems
> that are incapable of playing back HD content. In that case, ATSC is
> useless for us, and we'd rather have NTSC.
ATSC is not useless for you. At least in this city, fox, nbc, upn/wb and
all the independents broadcast SD channels over ATSC. CBS does nothing.
ABC runs 2 SD channels on top of their 720p HD channel, one for weather and
one for news. PBS broadcasts 5 channels, 4 in SD and 1 in HD (not all at same
time). Oddly, they do not rebroadcast their NTSC SD channel over ATSC. All
this may change after they are told to shut off NTSC.
However, I still need ntsc tuners for cable or satellite. Though once I
can get The Daily Show & Colbert Report over the internet (and the rest of
my cable shows on DVD or download) I will be dropping those, and using just
ATSC, DVD clubs and downloads. I will happily kiss Comcast goodbye.
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