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Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:52:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Only Seven Percent of TV Households Rely on Over-the-Air Signals according to CEA Study Message-ID: <email@example.com> Telco Guy wrote : | The cable or satellite digital box is the gateway to the | primary big-screen TV in the home. They don't make those | boxes with OTA antenna input and incorporate OTA signals | seemlessly into the channel lineup. I wrote : | Several years ago, there was some talk about a converter | design that would do exactly that. The idea was that a single | converter would have three inputs: VHF-OTA, UHF-OTA, CATV. | The tuning circuitry would integrate the three signals into a | single channel lineup, switching among inputs as necessary. Garrett Wolman wrote : | Um, this is exactly what my TiVo does. It has two RF inputs, | one for an antenna and one for cable, with the requisite | CableCARD slots and a USB connection for SDV... Because I | don't have reliable OTA reception where I live, I usually have | the broadcast channels disabled, but I configure my TiVo to | think I have an antenna, so that I can switch over in just | these sorts of cases. I wrote : | Does "I can switch over in just these sorts of cases" mean | that you have to take some separate action (such as pushing a | different button on the remote) to make the switch? If so, | it's not "seamless" in the sense that Gordon Burditt and I use | the word. Garrett Wolman wrote : | It means that I would have to enable the OTA channels that I | have previously disabled. [snip] You still haven't answered my question: | Does "I can switch over in just these sorts of cases" mean | that you have to take some separate action (such as pushing a | different button on the remote) to make the switch?" It certainly sounds to me like "I would have to enable the OTA channels that I have previously disabled" means that you have to take some separate action, such as pushing a different button on the remote. If that's the case, it does not meet the criterion I originally set forth: | The tuning circuitry would integrate the three signals into a | single channel lineup, switching among inputs as necessary. In which case, it's not "seamless." Footnotes:  Sunday, August 4, 2013 9:13:09 AM UTC-5  Sunday, August 4, 2013 9:51:34 PM UTC-5  Saturday, August 10, 2013 11:44:11 PM UTC-5  Monday, August 12, 2013 2:34:05 PM UTC-5  Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:00:52 AM UTC-5 Neal McLain
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