Originally Posted by TalkingRat
>>>Originally Posted by ucmerick
I would be surprised if any manufacturer is still making them since they are obsolete. .....I see no viable market .....
>>Except in Canada. Identical digital TV specs and transitioning OTA in Aug 2011.
>Won't 2007 technology be obsolete by 2011?
Economicaly no. Even if someone comes up with a 7th generation tuner, it's hard to believe that the canadian OTA market would justify the cost of a major redesign. Most of the converters were updated in 2008 so the better ones are already refined designs.
On the other hand, there is no sign of a coupon program up North, so we can always dream of someone bringing out a cheap ATSC/QAM converter to cover both the OTA and digital "open" cable markets. Back when converters first showed up there was speculation that some were designed with QAM in mind, and were just crippled to meet coupon program specs. No coupon program means no QAM restriction.