Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Hmmmmm... > > Perhaps the ball is starting to move. > > At least we are now seeing a major Broadcast > publication tell it like it is. > > Broadcasters are "forcing" the content conglomerates > to bypass them; as a result they are finally > beginning to understand why they are watching from > the sidelines... Yes, that's certainly how the column comes across. The reason is that music downloads to little mobile boxes are selling well, so now everyone thinks that's the only game in town. Whatever you do, it has to go to cell phones. As I suggested previously, to consumers, as opposed to broadcasters, the fact that the SD/HDTV spectrum is not going to be cannibalized by extra-robust streams for little portable/mobile devices isn't necessarily bad. As long as these services are carried by someone, doesn't matter too much who it is or in what slice of RF spectrum. I want my "Frontline" broadcasts in HD, though. I notice some small ironies. First off, the NAB says broadcasters should feel "uncomfortable" with he focus on small mobile devices. But isn't it the NAB as an organization that should feel most uncomfortable? They were perhaps the most influential voice in staying the course, back in 2001/2002, were they not? It sure wasn't, say, Sinclair. Why would the NAB think Sinclair (as a broadcaster group) should feel "uncomfortable?" Ticked off, perhaps. The other oddity is that ABC is pointing fingers at the affiliates, not at the RF medium, as being the impediment to deploying new services over DTT. Because they only own ten stations, and seem unable to get the other 200+ affiliates to march to the same drummer. So they use a separate highway that they can control nationwide. Besides which, ABC and Capitol Broadcasting agree that they need to reach an installed base of devices, with these new pay services, and that installed base consists of PCs with broadband connections and (presumably 3G) cell phones. All very interesting finger pointing. Let's see if it turns into action or just more incessant complaining. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.