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Shawn, as far as I know, ATI does not have any idea who is buying their cards. Their only source of information is their supply chains and orders. Now if some one like AVS or DigitalConnection orders were in "significant" numbers, perhaps they would be listening. But significant would be a quantity larger then the BBs and CorruptUSAs, not very likely. Other sources of information would be Dongle purchases (but then that is supposed to make the Home Theater users happy, so no need to keep track of that) or Product Reviews. I have never seen a review (except for AIW's but usually at low resolutions) on an ATI video card where they covered High End - Non-Gaming usage, like viewing DVDs. They are always hailing the 43 Gazillion FPS, etc. Now if you can get a reputable review (leave out TechTV, please!) to do a solid review for our usage and have them complain about the non-interlaced issue, you might have something.
Am I trying to let ATI off the hook, no. Between the lack of interlaced Computer Monitors and the CSS/Macrovision/MPPA issues with interlaced, it is my oppinion that they just don't want to go there. And as long as sales are strong for the gamers, I doubt very much they ever will.
I have not seen a post by Mr. Orr (the ATI regular) for probably 6 months if not more. At the time, he made it known that although he did have a computer at home, he had zero interest in Home Theater usage.
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