Hurricane Charlie made clear that the problem with cable distribution is that it is vulnerable to numerous parallel failures during catastrophic weather. Charlie blew over trees, and the uprooted trees broke the buried cables in many, many places. The heavy equipment brought in to clear away hurricane trash sank into the roadside mud and destroyed more cable. It took Comcast weeks to restore service to many of its customers. It is generally easier to correct a single point of failure. Of course, putting up a new satellite is quite a deal. Al Limberg ----- Original Message ----- From: flyback1 To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:53 PM Subject: [opendtv] Re: A Clue re OTA DTV users: How many OTA? Albert Manfredi wrote: Cliff wrote: but the basic nature of television has changed and therefore the old, unaccomodating delivery system should either change as well or be discontinued altogether in favor of cable, satellite or fiber. On the contrary, all the systems you mention are umbillical, meaning that not only are you beholden to one monopoly, but also to a single point of failure. You mean transmitters don't fail and towers don't fall? What happens if the studio/transmitter link, still sometimes a phone line should experience a backhoe fade?