Originally Posted by ftaok
I'd like to add to this ...
I think most people would rather pay the cable/sat company the $14 - $20 a month for a DVR.
.. on top of whatever they're paying for cable. If you're paying _$0_ for OTA, then paying a monthly fee to record it, especially if you're used to the old VCR paradigm, is hard to swallow.
As an engineer I look at it like this - what would it cost to slap a decent ATSC tuner onto a fast, high-capacity HDD and wrap it up with a package and UI and build it in China and make a little profit? $200-250 (DVR Pal) seems a little
high, but not unreasonable to me for that. $600 (Tivo) seems ridiculous.
The US was already all digital a looong time ago - the only thing happened was that the analog version was turned off 2 weeks ago. You could have scanned with that antenna plugged into the TV years ago and could have been watching HD for years already.
I know; I just meant that turning off NTSC might force the issue and create more of a market for this stuff. I'm still surprised that there's not more competition in this space by "big name" companies.
(OT) - OTOH maybe we're weird. My wife and I have Sonos (which we love) for our music. Sonos has competition but no serious
competition in that space. There are lots of little geeky products for people who like to install HD's in dedicated Linux boxes, and big companies like Philips and Sony have tried to break into that market without making a dent. But Sonos has a cult-following among people like us, and we don't understand why everyone doesn't want it.
So maybe we're just too niche-y.