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RE: HDTV WHY???



As a side note, in one of the panel discussions at IBC it was suggested
that there are quite a few overseas
tower companies who don't currently do business in the US but who very
well might enter this marketplace
given the demand.  

Tom McMahon
Microsoft Corporation

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	bill topazio [SMTP:bt at master.mte.com]
> Sent:	Monday, September 29, 1997 10:11 AM
> To:	multiple recipients of
> Subject:	RE: HDTV WHY??? 
> 
> 
> On Sat, 27 Sep 1997 05:41:34 -0400  Asa Shoul wrote:
> 
> >With
> >only 3 tower building companies in the USA, even if permission to
> build
> >were given immediately it takes 3 months to build one tower per TV
> >station. With 1500 or so TV stations in the USA it would take years,
> >maybe 100 years to gear up.
> 
> Um, don't you think demand will cause new tower companies to spring
> up, or for existing ones to enhance their ratings so they could get
> in on the act?  Sorta like the building of the railroad infrastructure
> in the US?  Didn't take 100 years for new RR companies to spring up.
> 
> 
> >    Secondly who is going to pay $7000 for a new TV not to mention
> VCR
> >for a system that the public isn't crying out for, let's face it 16:9
> >sets aren't exactly shifting as it is.
> 
> Have to agree with you there, but what about set-top convertors (not
> unlike what is already sued for DSS, etc., which could sell for a few
> hundred and be a stopgap for the general population until CRT or other
> display devices (hold out for flat panel or DMD!) come down in price.
> 
> Same thing applies to post and broadcast- there might be ways to 
> squeeze out more life from our current (601 SDTV) investmebts and
> "ease" (capytal-wise) to full HD, for example, the data compressors
> that convert D1/D5 machines to "HD".  Not the best, but it does
> provide a possible transtion path.
> 
> >    Thirdly let's "follow the money":- if the main revenue for a TV
> >station/network is through advertising, which agency is going to be
> able
> >to justify to their client a budget for HDTV transfer/editing etc.
> when
> >nobody will be watching.
> 
> That's a tough one, and that's why this won't work if everyone has
> to suddenly rebuild.  It needs to transition, much like we
> transitioned
> from analogue to digital production.  (lots of A/D, D/A for a while,
> wasn't there?)
> 
> 
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