[mythtv-users] DTV: It Has Begun

Nate Bargmann n0nb at n0nb.us
Wed Sep 10 00:12:22 UTC 2008

* Michael T. Dean <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> [2008 Sep 09 11:33 -0500]:
> On 09/09/2008 12:27 PM, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:27:32AM -0500, jedi wrote:
> >   
> >> The way the Europeans rolled this out seems remarkably more sensible.
> >> Not everyone wants to toss out their old sets or spend a lot of money
> >> to buy new equipment. Cheaper "future proof" sets should have been on
> >> the market along time before the switchover.
> >>     
> > Well, my sister bought a $250 27" Sylvania CRT set at least a year ago
> > and possibly more, that is OTA ATSC compliant.  So it was hapening, just
> > below the radar.
> >
> > The problem is that the TV set universe doesn't *turn* that fast.
> But it should turn/churn faster after the transition.  I just don't see 
> the same 10-15 year lifespans happening for these new HDTV sets 
> (especially when expendables, like bulbs, can cost the same as some of 
> those "expensive" CRT's).

In a lot of ways, my cynical nature says that is precisely the reason
much of this has been set in motion.  Look at me, I quite content with
my 15 year old Zenith 25" set.  So long as I get a good quality picture
from my STB, it's not going anywhere.  But the industry wants me to
believe it's obsolete and spend money I don't need to on a new HD set
and then DirecTV expects me to buy their HD pacakge(s).  But I'm happy
as a clam with what I see now.  Kind of spoils their party, eh?

- Nate >>


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