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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:58:03 -0400

Why did I wait so long?

I just switched from AT&T DSL TO Cox Cable broadband. I should have done this 
years ago, but I've been working to settle a claim with Cox because a Fed-X 
truck snagged a Cox cable, broke the pole in front of my house, and pulled the 
electric service and siding off the house in 2006.

I've had DSL since it was introduced in Gainesville, but the service 
deteriorated recently; many dropped sessions...

The best part is that I'm saving money! Adding Cox premiere broadband raised my 
bill $20/mo, dropping DSL and some phone service features will save $50/mo. 
This is partly due to the fact that the cable companies have an alternate price 
list they can use with customers who threaten to cut the cord; I got the lower 
rate as part of the settlement for damage to the house.

I bought a new Docsis 3.0 cable modem for $100 - the monthly rental fee for a 
modem from Cox was $6.99, so the payback is about 14 months. 

The "net" benefit:

Best DSL performance: 1.3 Mbps down/ 256 Kbps up

Best Cox Premiere: 23 Mbps down/ 4.5 Mbps up (They guarantee 18 Mbps down)

Unfortunately, I'm still paying for the Scientific Atlanta HD-DVR I've been 
using since 2005.

But in conversations with their top local service techs, I got the impression 
that they are preparing to FINALLY do what the FCC mandated them to do in 1996 
- open up the system to third party STBs that the customer can buy.  

So a prediction: all the noise about an Apple iTV may turn out to be an Apple 
cable STB; and I think we have already seen it working in the Comcast demos 
earlier this summer.

Regards
Craig

> On Oct 10, 2013, at 12:33 PM, Mike Tsinberg <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> Yes I had also troubles when I was using DSL with bit rate hovering around 
> 1Mb/s. However, when I switched to lowest Cable data rate tear around 3.5 
> Mb/s to 4 Mb/s I never had problems with Netflix, iTunes or Skype.
>  
> Best Regards,
> Mike Tsinberg
> http://keydigital.com
>  
>  
>  
> From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Mark Schubin
> Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:22 PM
> To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [opendtv] Re: Are ATSC Stations Going Off The Air?
>  
> I'm theoretically one of those who has had broadband access for years.  I 
> recently tried a Skype call and was told my bit rate was too low for video.
> 
> Sometimes it's fine; sometimes it's not.
> 
> I don't want it to not be fine while I'm watching.
> 
> We're not quite there yet.
> 
> And, for outside the home, at the Future Zone at IBC last month, Technische 
> Universit├Ąt Braunschweig offered one of the most-sensible distribution plans 
> for putting live mass-appeal programming on mobile devices, an overlay of a 
> tower-based broadcast over regular LTE cells.
> 
> TTFN,
> Mark
> 
> On 10/10/2013 12:06 PM, Mike Tsinberg wrote:
> Who would plan to use over the air reception if you can pick up more 
> programming streaming on line? According to this article 72.4% US households 
> have broadband access.
>  
> http://www.ntia.doc.gov/blog/2013/household-broadband-adoption-climbs-724-percent
>  
>  
> Best Regards,
> Mike Tsinberg
> http://keydigital.com
>  
>  
>  
> From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx
> Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:46 AM
> To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [opendtv] Are ATSC Stations Going Off The Air?
>  
> Is this something we'll see occurring more often in the future, or just an 
> anomaly? 
> 
> http://www.mynews3.com/content/news/local/story/KTUD-Vegas-News-TV/8CW2jy99V0Oj8QekkG3Tlg.cspx?rss=3269
> 
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> 
> 
> KTUD Vegas TV goes off the air Thursday
>  
>  
> 
> 
> LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- News 3 has learned through a contracted 
> employee with KTUD Channel 25 -- Cable Ch. 14 -- will go off the air at 
> midnight Thursday night.
> 
> The doors will be closed for good on Friday.
> 
> Employees were given the bad news in an afternoon meeting.
> 
> Vegas TV was purchased by Greenspun Broadcasting in 2004. Recent efforts to 
> sell the station for $4 million have failed.
> 
> The channel mostly runs syndicated programming such as "Family Guy" and 
> "Community."
> 
> Efforts to contact the Greenspun organization have been unsuccessful, 
> including a call to Brian Greenspun's cell phone. KTUD bosses are not 
> talking, either.
> 
>  

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