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 http://www.sj-r.com/news/Sunday/m.htm


My reply to him is below.


By MATTHEW DIETRICH

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR


"The quality of the signal is so much better," Vaughan said. Though it broadcasts digitally, WAND is not yet ready to broadcast in the high-definition format. That's because ABC offers very little programming in high definition, Vaughan said.


[ABC in fact offers most of their prime time lineup in HDTV, and has broadcast many movies in the format.

This person appears to be mainly making excuses for not offering this programming to its users.]


The reasons there aren't much consumer demand are exactly the same as they were when I wrote the aforementioned column three years ago: Most people haven't seen digital television, most of them don't understand exactly what it is and most have no idea how they can possibly benefit from a new TV broadcast standard.


[actually, many have, since most TV stores now show quality demos broadcasts 24 hours a day,

such as HDNET. The HDTV sales show it. 2 million sets were sold last year, with more to be sold

this year. Curiously, MOST of those did not get sold with an off the air HDTV receiver. Why is that ?

because people want to buy into the future, and can use the set for DVD viewing today. These sets

are there for whenever cable and the TV stations stop making excuses such as the above and start

broadcasting the HDTV users saw in the showroom]



"As soon as the manufacturers start making sets people can afford, you will see demand," he said.


[HDTVs benifits are most apparent in the larger set sizes, 40-50 inches and up. In this size range,

HDTVs have already reached price parity, and most (and for some makers ALL) new TVs in that size

range are HDTV capable or HDTV "ready". Its time to stop comparing apples and oranges. HDTVs are

not going to sell well in the 30 inch and below sizes because when the picture is crunched down to

that size, the benifits are not as apparent.]
 
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