[opendtv] Re: Ofcom's proposed spectrum option

Is the "problem" that 90% of what you watch comes from the majors a problem 
caused by you or them?

John Willkie

-----Original Message-----
>From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Jun 7, 2008 4:10 AM
>To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [opendtv] Re: Ofcom's proposed spectrum option
>
>At 6:41 PM -0400 6/6/08, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
>>
>>Similarly, here in the US we could have, as a minimum, ABC, CBS, NBC,
>>Fox, MNT, CW, and PBS as the multiplex licensees. Each of which would
>>have their nationwide multiplex over which to transmit their own and/or
>>other content.
>>
>>The availability of DTT spectrum after analog shutoff could permit more
>>multiplexes to be introduced, perhaps even some capacity set aside for
>>regional or local networks.
>>
>>Instead, what we have here is sort of the opposite. We have the major
>>networks that each appear over one stream in one multiplex, in each
>>market (during prime time anyway). And then we have the multiplex owner,
>>most often not one of the major networks, that decides on any other
>>multicasts transmitted over his 6 MHz channel.
>>
>>Let's ask the Brits, who seem to have figured out a good formula for
>>DTT, whether such a scheme is conducive to a successful DTT?
>
>No need to do this Bert. The facts speak for themselves.
>
>The problem is that only 5 companies control 90% of what we watch, 
>and THEY are not the least bit interested in doing what the Brits did.
>
>It is technically feasible for broadcasters to buy content from the 
>congloms to fill up those multiplexes. Unfortunately, it is not 
>economically viable, because they cannot attract enough eyeballs to 
>sell enough commercials to pay for that content.
>
>Regards
>Craig
> 
> 
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