|Originally posted by tmitchmd
I believe the exclusion of an ATSC tuner is probably less sinister than it appears.
The Japanese model does not have a tuner either and is dependent on firewire linkage to a satellite BS receiver.
The US model has so far exhibited no significant differences.
JVC wanted to be the first back into the US market with a DVHS product-incorporating an ATSC tuner would have delayed that goal significantly.
I have been told that JVC does plan on introducing an STB next year.
The ideal candidate for firewire linkage with the JVC would appear to be the 169 modded DTC100. ;)
Remember too that this product is a simple rework of the Japanise model.
1) 8vsb ATSC is an AMERICAN system for now. Therefore the Japan version would have no use for such a tuner.
2) Until a few months ago the 8vsb system was under challange with an open ear from the FCC. No well managed manufacture would commit to either of the competing standards at that time.
3) If they intend to sell this unit in CODFM markets such as Europe and Australlia which has HDTV, they now have at least two models to support. This will soon not be an issue, after all the make NTSC and PAL VHS machines. But for an initial product offering, it is very expensive to tool for multiple models which may be full of bugs and lack of user foresight.
And like I said it appears to me it doesn't have an ATSC tuner. I really didn't get a chance to dig into it Wednesday night. I will let you know unless someone else has information on this.