Only 3000 consumers can receive HDTV? (Comcast replies)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by MickeS, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

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    After I found out in a thread in the TV forum that Comcast in Philadelphia has started to transmit some channels in HD, I wrote and asked them about when/if they'll do it here. They basically replied that they were gonna wait and see what happens, and that the consumer base is too small right now.
    One thing that interested me was this comment:
     
  2. Dylan Savage

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    I think there were something like 320,000 STB's and tuner-equipped TV's sold last year (2001), so their figures are obviously completely off. Perhaps they are just talking about in their area?
     
  3. Rod Melotte

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    They must be talking about their area and the the U.S. as a whole. However, 320,000 in the entire US is a pretty small amount I would think. HDTV is only for advanced user's and not the common public.

    Could change but digital cable (as it's called) is hurting HDTV, in my view. I don't think both can exist at the same time.

    Just my feelings (today).
     
  4. MickeS

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    After your reply, I wanted to see if I could find a verification for that number, and I did at the Consumer Electronics Association's website, http://www.ce.org
    On the page http://www.ce.org/newsroom/newsloader.asp?newsfile=8744 they state With final 2001 sales figures now in, CEA reports that the total number of DTV products sold since introduction of the category in 1998 equals 2,498,347, including 361,828 integrated sets and set-top decoders.
    Since Comcast provide the subscribers to the HD service with a receiver-box, there are 2.5 million people with equipment that can receiver their HD signals (don't know how many of them are in Comcast-covered areas, of course, but more than 3000 I would guess).
    So the 3000 number was probably either old information or something that Comcast pulled out of its ass to support their case. Either way, I sent them a reply with the correct numbers, hopefully that can stop them from sending out bad data...
    /Mike
     
  5. MarkRR

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    I do not understand the first post. I called Comcast in Philadelphia (who writes nowadays?) and asked to sign up for HDTV service. They said they had ordered the set-top boxes and would coontact me when they come in. The Comcast web site even provides the brand and model of the box.
     
  6. MarkRR

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    Sorry, I did not get what "here" meant - Tucson! Not available in Tucson, but available in Philadelphia.
     

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