NAB, MSTV respond to Microsoft FCC filing

August 16, 2007

The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) and the NAB dismissed a claim by Microsoft to the commission this week that the prototype it submitted to for FCC testing suffered from a broken scanner.

In a written statement released Aug. 14, MSTV president David Donovan disparaged Microsoft’s claim, saying: “the device ‘was broken’ … is apparently a coded message in the high tech world for ‘the dog ate my homework.’”

Donovan also took issue with Microsoft’s proposed sensing level of -114dBm, which he said won’t protect DTV sets from interference. "It is time to stop experimenting with the 100 million digital TV sets that will be purchased by 2009,” he said. “It is time to stop playing 'interference roulette' with government-subsidized digital-to- analog converter boxes.”

For its part, the NAB expressed confidence in the initial tests done by the commission and said Microsoft and “its allies” are pursing a “self-serving agenda” and “jeopardizing” interference free DTV reception.

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