[opendtv] Re: Bolivia TV standard mystery

  • From: "Dale Kelly" <dalekelly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 10:42:36 -0800

Bert Wrote:
> What you describe could be the situation all over Italy. That's exactly
> the terrain they have, and with 70 percent OTA usage, there is an
> incentive to make the system work.

Very Interesting. Who funded this infrastructure? I assume, without any
evidence, that it was tax payer supported, at least initially, ala the BBC

I may not have explained the Santa Barbara markets (121st ranking)
transmitter site distribution clearly. The NBC affiliate is located in the
extreme north end of the market and the ABC station is 100 miles to the
south, with CBS being about in the middle. Santa Maria is centrally located
and generally can receive all three, but it deteriorates rapidly as you move
north, south, east or west due to intervening terrain. There simply is not
the revenue available in such a market to fund the investment required to
cover a majority of the population OTA.

The cost to construct and operate the mandated DTV stations has caused many
small market station to reach the financial tipping point.

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