Originally Posted by wmcbrine
I don't see it provoking an outcry. People will just do what they do now with DVD players -- hook it up via an external RF modulator (about $20), or VCR. And even on the low end of today's TV's, RF-only units are being phased out.
If RF modulators were going to be built into anything, it ought to be today's low-end DVD players. You can get them for under $50, under $30, even under $20 now. And those
are the devices that will be hooked up to low-end TVs. No one's going to connect a $200 STB to a sub-$100 RF-only TV.* So it's no surprise that the STBs don't have RF built-in now.
I was talking about an outcry when analog goes away. I agree about the $200 part, and I think we both agree that there's no reason other than market presence that keeps the price above $25 for a basic STB.
It's not the same as with a DVD player because the lack of a DTV player won't cause an existing TV to stop working, but the lack of analog will.
Now that these Accurian boxes are so cheap and I'm adding them to my analog TVs too, I'm finding a vast improvement in picture quality anyway, even though it's not HDTV. Things now look better on my analog set with this box than they look on digital sets in the stores that are stupid enough to use a low res feed. They can't get more resolution than what is in the signal, but an analog TV can have more resolution than what comes off the air or on cable. So I think if anybody came up with a cheap STB with the RF converter built in, or as a feature on a different model priced slightly more, they would have a big market if they did any advertising. If they tell people that they can get better-than-DVD quality on their existing set, and it will prepare them for 2007 cutoff, after which their set will no longer get off the air TV, then I would expect people would go for them pretty fast.