Word today from Broadcasting & Cable magazine that Microtune, a manufacturer of digital TV tuner components, has been sampling the competitor’s wares and finding them lacking.

From the article:

“Microtune said its private testing revealed “numerous and pronounced test failures” that could lead to “the loss of television reception in large areas of many metropolitan areas throughout the United States.”

Of course, it would be silly not to recognize that Microtune has an enormous financial stake in the DTV transition. But still…what if they are right? The tuners tested are all on the federally-approved list of DTV tuners (here’s a Wikipedia page with a chart of all of them.) The tested tuners have not (yet) been identified, and the NTIA has announced they will look at Microtune’s data. But still, what is this? Big problem three million in this transition?

I’ve said it a thousand times – I don’t think the DTV transition has been worth it, at all. Agree?

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A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks…