My reply to the authors of the article:
(these are the email addresses that popped up when I
clicked on the "John Morris and Josh Taylor" link)
I was a little disappointed with your article dated January 18, 2002
titled "HDTV: Why it's only for true technophiles".
Two points bug me about the article:
1. To say that HD is not ready for prime-time because
someone bought a hard to use STB is a poor portrayal of
the state of HD usability. Yes, HD setups are trickier
than having a an analog TV and a single remote for the
cable. Of course. But your portrayal makes it seem like
STB's are horrible at this point. They are not all bad.
I have a Panasonic TU-HDS20 HD receiver. It is pretty
good. I do not have to go behind the unit to do anything.
It works very well and Panasonic is supporting it with free
upgrades for the few problems it has had.
2. I do not like articles in general that review several
components and extrapolate the entire state of the market
for these components based on their performance. As I
already stated in my first point different hardware is going
to yield different results.
What would help make HD components
and setups easier to use by the average Joe/Jane is articles
that speak the truth yet also encourage folks to try out
new technology. Admit that you may encounter a few bumps in
the road but I for one find it really cool to be the
first person on my street with HD reception. This would
encourage folks that are on the fence to give it a try.
Sales would increase and atleast HD-technology would start
to be recognized as a viable fit for the future. Obviously
work needs to be done to get more HD programming up and
running. Guess what? It's on the way. Check outhttp://www.titantv.com
Enter your STB and HD setup info.
You get a listing of programming in your area AND there is
a listing on the site for impending new HD programming in your
area. There's plenty of OTA programming coming in May of 2002.
Yes, it's new and as a result not super easy to use yet but
it does work and works well with a little effort. Encouragement
by the media would sure help the adoption of the technology.
That would give the technology dollars and committment for
the product to mature for eventual adoption by Joe/Jane average.