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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:23:39 -0400

While broadband adoption is reaching historic rates, there is still a 
significant portion of popular TV  content that cannot be accessed without an 
MVPD subscription. On the other hand, an MVPD subscription makes it possible to 
access much of this content on mobile platforms including smartphones and 

Smartphone adoption in the U.S. is now 64% 
(http://bgr.com/2013/09/18/smartphone-adoption-united-states/), and tablet 
adoption is nearly 50% in homes that have broadband 
 Meanwhile, MVPD subscriptions continue to hove near 85%.

Clearly, FOTA TV using the existing ATSC standard is not serving any mobile 
platforms, and at best 15% - 20% of fixed televisions. 

Any new ATSC standard that DOES NOT leverage an LTE overlay network, like the 
one that Mark saw at IBC, will likely suffer the same fate as the existing ATSC 

There must be a reason that Sinclair is buying TV stations; here are several 

1. They expect to make a profit by returning these licenses to the government 
in return for a portion of spectrum auction proceeds;

2. They believe that there is an economically viable market opportunity for an 
OTA broadcast standard that can reach both fixed and mobile screens. 


On Oct 10, 2013, at 12:22 PM, Mark Schubin <tvmark@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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.
> 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
>> 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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