[opendtv] Re: Are ATSC Stations Going Off The Air?

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:31:42 +0000

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> So ask yourself this question. Did the telcos have the ability to
> develop the smartphone, an OS to run it, and an open ecosystem for
> third party app development?

The answer to your question is, the telcos have (and had) agreements with all 
manner of cell phone manufacturers, each of which had that potential. My only 
point was and is, the cellcos had to agree to let these phones on their 
network. Not me, a consumer. I can't just buy a phone and THEN decide what 
telco to use. I have to go to the Verizon store and see what THEY will allow me 
to use.

> Bottom line, if Broadcasters are willing to invest in the Broadcast
> LTE infrastructure, the highly competitive mobile device market will
> support it, as it adds nothing to the cost of the device.

You're basing all your opinions on a false notion, IMO, which is that ATSC-MH 
here, and by extension DVB-H in Europe, were way too expensive to incorporate 
into phones. I don't buy that. So, I also don't buy that using LTE on much 
lower frequencies, instead of the other options, would be all it takes. It's 
that simple.

In Europe, where the cellcos don't control everything, they did have DVB-H on 
some phones. Did it work out? No. Was it just a pricing issue? Hard to say, but 
I doubt it. Consumers allow themselves to get hooked on all sorts of infinite 
revenue streams, so there has to be something else involved.

And, as I already said, the LTE solution is more expensive from the 
infrastructure point of view, for OTA broadcasters. So again, if anyone will 
use the LTE broadcast mode, my bet is it will be the cellcos. They already have 
the towers, transmitters, and the backhaul networks they need for this. And 
they will probably get TV content from the broadcasters or networks, when they 
think it makes sense. And they can decide what to charge, or not charge, for 
the service.


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