Originally Posted by ILv2Xlr8
Maxx, I believe Dan was referring to analog signals that his HD TiVo's can not display or record and is the case with several new HDTV's with built in HD tuners.
Hey, "I Love to Accelerate" (Oh, cool, I decoded your little "personalized license plate" there!),
(Okay, I'll just pretend that you had written "TiVos" and "HDTVs" without the stray apostrophe there, because since plurals don't have apostrophes in them, that's what you would have meant.)
Dan clearly said "once televions lose their ability to receive NTSC signals." This can mean he thought one or more things: 1. That somehow, because few or analog TV signals will be delivered to TVs by air, they'll "magically" lose their ability
to receive any
NTSC signals. A. NTSC doesn't only mean "analog channels delivered by standard antenna. B. They don't lose
their ability to receive even those signals just because someone stops sending them. C. NTSC is also sent via satellite, cable TV service, and analog A/V jacks/plugs. Therefore, even a non-radio signal can be NTSC. So even a TV that might not have a tuner for NTSC SD signals can still receive them.
Or 2. That, as if the only kind of NTSC signal comes from analog tuners (even though it's not), there are some new TVs that they have made that can't even receive the low-powered analog channels that were permitted to keep operating as usual. You seem to believe that there are new TVs that were made completely devoid of any analog tuners. Are you sure? If so, that'd be interesting to hear about. What models?
By the way, HD isn't the only thing that even just the digital side of digital TVs can receive. There are still several SD channels out there that they can get over the air. So it isn't as if those tuners are just called "HD tuners." They're digital tuners that happen to include some HD.
Anyway, yeah, I know. I wanted to clear those up even though they're not the real point. I know the real point is to be able to modulate ATSC (8VSB) to other receivers through F-type cables that might be around in the house already. And I know I still haven't seen any consumer-priced 8VSB modulators yet. So yeah, I can understand Dan's concern. Hopefully we'll see some of those at consumer prices sometime in the foreseeable future.