Originally Posted by jtbell
So we may be seeing the effects of this, in that manufacturers have had to give priority to putting ATSC tuners in products that they can sell more of, and make more money from, with "niche" products following later.
The point about engineering and testing time sounds reasonable. Just to throw some more ideas into the mix:
Does anyone find it curious that all the big guys made the same decision not to upgrade their existing HDD units with ATSC tuners? You'd think one might have broken away from the group, since the first one out may have profit advantages over the also-rans.
Will some clone maker be the first, ahead of Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, et al.?
Will someone hit with a no-hassle HTPC for this niche (as opposed to the multiple-hassle HTPC solutions now available)?
And: With a good HDD DVR that records and plays back hi-def (archiving to DVD with lower resolution when something just has to be saved), some viewers may say "a plague on both your houses" to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD and adopt neither. Does that have a part in this?