[opendtv] Re: News: DTV Coalition Pushes Satellite HDTV

Buy a TV station, and you can do make it free to anyone you care to.  As for
the business model ...

All the HBOs in a week get the audience of WCBS or WABC or WNBC in slow day.

John


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From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Cliff Benham
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:15 AM
To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; Manfredi, Albert E
Subject: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Coalition Pushes Satellite HDTV


Having multiple program feeds for the networks was my orignal=20
reason for subscribing to DirecTV.
Multiple feeds should be made available for those who want to pay for =
it.

How many different HBOs, Showtimes, etc. are there?=20
Now we are restricted to just one CBS or NBC depending on one's =
location.
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From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Kaufhold, Gerry
(In-Stat RBI-US)
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 2:00 PM
To: 'Manfredi, Albert E '; 'opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx '
Subject: [opendtv] News: DTV Coalition Pushes Satellite HDTV


 Gerry Kaufhold here from In-Stat/MDR

I've been on DirecTV since about 1997,
and have often wanted to "tune in" the local
news feeds from cities where I have siblings:
Miami, Florida
Pittsburgh, PA
Dayton, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Des Moines, Iowa
Orlando/Jacksonville, Florida
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas

my interenst level is that I would
pay-per-view to get access to these
local news feeds, which are already on the "bird"
but the local-into-local agreements prohibit
DirecTV from letting me see the news from these
other cities  - even if I want to pay for it.

So, my opinion agrees with Albert and
Craig - put it all out there and let
the market decide -

if a regional feed of the network programming is
all the the market wants, so be it.
But - if the market wants to watch=20
a wide variety of local news channels as
pay-per-view, those cities with good quality
news could find new markets and revenues.

thanks!

Gerry Kaufhold
gkaufhold@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
520 363-9752


-----Original Message-----
From: Manfredi, Albert E
To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 4/26/2004 11:21 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Re: News: DTV Coalition Pushes Satellite HDTV

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> But it might be worthwhile to ask one question.
>
> If it were legal for DBS to carry just a handful of regional network
> feeds, how many people do you think would give a rats ass about their
> local stations?

Good question. Which is why national caps don't make any sense.

What's good for DBS should also be good for cable and OTA. Let
the market decide how much local content, rather than politicians.

I assume this was your point.

> As i recall, people were pissed when they lost the East and West
> coast network feeds after SHIVA. The ability to have multiple access
> points to network programming seems to have more cache' than the
> ability to view local news and commercials.

Agreed! The marketplace has spoken!

Bert
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