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Subject: [IP] More 2007 nonsense: Digital Signals Rule for New TVs Upheld

  • From: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2003 00:44:26 -0500

Delivered-To: dfarber+@ux13.sp.cs.cmu.edu
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 22:37:12 -0500
From: Bob Frankston <rmfxixB@bobf.frankston.com>
Subject: More 2007 nonsense: Digital Signals Rule for New TVs Upheld
To: dave@farber.net

<http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DIGITAL_TV?SITE=MAFRA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT>http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DIGITAL_TV?SITE=MAFRA&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Basically the courts upheld the requirement that TVs have 1950’s style 
tuners (spiffed up with a digital veneer_ in 2007 so they can so they can 
go home just watch TV as it was broadcast in the 1950’s – over the air.

I recently bought a new TV – a HDTV capable one. Actually, it’s a Sony 
computer monitor with 9:6 (more precisely 1280:768) and there is no tuner 
because I realize that there was no reason to have it since I get a signal 
from the cable box and the computer. In the future it will be even simpler 
– just a digital stream without futzing with the wires.

That the FCC and Congress can’t understand this is bad enough. But it also 
means that they cannot conceptualize the Internet. Already the CableCos are 
offering video on demand – a private stream for each viewer. This means 
they can deliver an IP stream and that that stream can carry the HDTV 
signal. Most important, that approach is far simpler then a return to 
rabbit ears (for those who remember those old antennae).

The ROI on all this is negative compared with the value of building on IP 
connectivity.

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