OK, Happy Now? <vbg>
Registered: Oct 2001
Location: DC Suburbs
Originally posted by Rich Peterson
Well, you folks sure have a different way of looking at this than I do. Let me explain my thoughts.
An HDTV Tivo would function as an HDTV receiver, allowing HDTV broadcasts from either sat, cable, or OTA to be received, stored, and later replayed back to any TV. Those who have HDTV sets would get a fantastic HDTV picture and those with standard NTSC sets would get a really really good NTSC picture (much better than any other broadcasts today). The HDTV receivers people have today wouldn't be used at all so I don't see how you can look at the number of HDTV receivers in use today (probably around 350K, not 200K) and assume that is the only market for an HDTV Tivo. Anyone who wants a better picture and especially those with HDTV sets will get improvements if they record HDTV broadcasts.
There are now over 2 million people with HDTV sets and that is expected to double by next year. Demand for better pictures and sound is certainly there (as witnessed by huge DVD sales) so if the price wasn't too out of line, wouldn't an HDTV Tivo sell somewhat?
I think 2 million is the number of sets with the resolution for HDTV, not with an HDTV tuner which is much smaller. The vast majority of HDTV ready sets are used to view line-doubled NTSC images, not HDTV images. As as aside, there are very few HDTV receivers on the market. Almost all HDTV viewers are using external HDTV tuners.
Having said this, it is certainly possible to do this and given time, it will happen, just not very soon.
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