[opendtv] Re: Broadband DTV interferers

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:03:28 -0500

At 11:28 AM -0500 1/28/08, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
All you're saying here is that you prefer rural communities not to have
any significant TV coverage. Say, where Cliff lives. You would prefer
that Cliff have no OTA TV access at all, other than perhaps some
local-yokel station.

I am not saying that AT ALL. In fact, you have provided a perfect example...

Cliff lives in the Philladelphia market, yet he has great difficulty receiving the Philly stations because of terrain blocking issues. He would be PROPERLY served via the SFN that covers Philadelphia. Obviously some transmitters would need to be added to cover terrain blocked areas like where Cliff lives now.

Cliff is just one of millions of Americans who have problems receiving TV signals today because of terrain blockage, high levels of multipath, etc.

I'm saying that this is not a good plan. There's no logical reason to
create areas with no OTA TV coverage up and down the East Coast. It is
all inhabited, even if some parts might not have dense population. Nor
is there any reason to think that a significant number of TV stations
would survive if they only served sparesely populated communities. Why
handicap OTA TV that way, when clearly it's not an emphasis on "local"
that makes DBS and cable successful?

This is all in your head Bert. Stop trying to change the discussion. Nobody would be left out. And EVERYONE would get more channels than they can receive today. What might change is the ability to receive some out-of-market stations as you do today. But these are mostly duplicated programming, NOT INTENDED for those who live in other markets. This is a "flaw" in the current high powered system.

I'm all for a more enthusiastic OTA TV system. IMO, it's not *large
area* SFNs that will make the (positive) difference here. On-channel
repeaters are, of course, a different matter entirely. And low-power

It's all about a properly designed infrastructure for each market. You are the one who is creating the canard of *large area* SFNs. What we need is MARKET AREA SFNs. In some parts of the country these may indeed be LARGE geographical areas served primarily by big sticks with repeaters to handle the terrain blockage issues. And in some areas of the country they will be SFNs that cover only the local market.

Stop trying to confuse the issues for the sake of argument.


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