Considering that the broadcast spectrum is a national resource, it would of course have to require government legislation to make the kinds of changes to support a transition to digital. You're not saying anything that is as remarkable as you're trying to make it sound.
Again, the private market wanted HD. You're simply wrong about that.
It's not crankiness. It's lack of patience for distortion.
No, it's crankiness. I know it when I see it.
The march to HDTV was nearly derailed several times by the station owners and networks. From their perspective, they were going to spend billions and not add a single viewer.
But the Feds held fast. The final end of SD OTA was pushed back at bit, but without the heavy hand of the government, we would still be on NTSC OTA.
One of the big beefs from the broadcasters was that the only HD TVs were coming from Japan, were 36" diag or smaller, and cost $10-15K. Who the heck would buy something like that?
So the FCC sponsored a competition for new display technologies, handing out $10M grants. Texas Instruments submitted a request for money to develop a new display tech that used near microscopic moving mirrors.
The FCC called them and said that they should only submit serious entries. TI said that they were serious, the grant went through, and now we have DLP displays.
I remember following HDTV with great interest, waiting for someone to kill it, but the Feds held the tiller firm and eventually it happened.
Of all the players, the station owners yelled the loudest. They had the shallowest pockets and were expected to make massive equipment outlays at a time when there were no viewers due to lack of sets and no content because nobody was filming in HD.
OK, lest you feel more offended let me change 'tooth and nail' to 'significant protests and impediments to implementation'.
Sure, I wanted HDTV badly and anyone who had been to CES in the early 90s who had seen it wanted it too, but there was no market driven groundswell that brought it about, as I'm interpreting your comments to mean. Nope, just wasn't there. Only muuccchhh later, and even that was very slow at first.
If there had been massive demand, people could have gray marketed Japanese HD gear at least a decade before we had HD. That also didn't happen.
Read about 'Japan, Inc.' and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (I believe) that inspired the Feds to push industry into HDTV while offering funding and regulatory guidance.
Ok, you aren't cranky, but I'm not distorting.
What were we arguing about anyway? Nothing important I'm sure.