End of Analog TV era
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Fri Mar 28 15:07:29 CDT 2008
Digital TV Update:
The 27 March '08 editorial of Electronic Design magazine mentions that
"a study in November 2007 had found 43% of over-the-air TV households
would reject post-transition digital TV, preferring instead to receive
free, over-the-air digital TV by purchasing a converter box or digital
TV set, compared to 12% who would sign up for cable or satellite
service". In addition, 25% of Americans said that they "don't know"
what steps they would take, while 19% said that they "would do nothing".
In addition, the study found that 77% of Americans remain unaware as to
why the federal Government is mandating the change to their TV viewing.
In June 2007, it was estimated that 22 million households would be
affected by the change to Digital.
Each US household can request up to two coupons, each $40 in value, to
be used against the purchase of converter boxes. (These boxes currently
range between $50 and $60)
It is expected that about 30 million converter boxes will be
manufactured. (30 Million boxes @ $40 = $1.2 Billion dollars cost to
the Tax Payer ???)
One company, MaxLinear has created a TV tuner IC that consumes only 300 mW.
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