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The way I wish this interview had gone:
After we finished covering the DirecTV press conference, we had a chance to catch up with Rômulo Pontual the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of DirecTV and ask him some questions about HD Lite and DirecTV's HD locals distribution methods. We were very surprised that he would answer our questions considering the current pending lawsuit against DirecTV for HD Lite.
Ben Drawbaugh: Have you ever heard of the term HD Lite?
Rômulo Pontual: Yeah.
BD: What do you think of that term?
RP: I don't know what it means.
BD: You are telling me that you are the Chief Technolgy Officer of Directv, who has pegged their entire future on HD Delivery, spent literally Billions over the past few years getting ready for it, yet, although you are the CTO, you hear a term called HD-LITE and you don't take 60 seconds to investigate what it means, a term that has been in HDTV stories about Directv in the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal? This sounds especially strange and irresponsible given your Company is spending Billions on HD. With that I can only conclude one of 3 things, 1) this is just a sign that you are overpaid and really are not interested in the technology your company is invested so heavy into, 2) a failure of Directv to care about their product or 3) your secret desire to cause Directv to fail in their HD Venture. Which of the three is it?
BD: Thanks for your time. Your lack of knowledge of the technical aspects of your Company in your role of CTO speak louder about the future of Directv than any of your answers...