[opendtv] Re: CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA Reception in Cable Boxes

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 13:13:33 -0800

The concept itself sounds radical -- who remembers how cable fought the
$0.05 per unit a/b switch a few decades back?

It would help establish the primacy of the cable STB (as opposed to
cablecard enabled receivers), would -- in strong signal areas -- save cable
bandwidth for widely-available signals, and would minimize the difficult of
the SCTE 54/SCTE 65 switch that stbs need to do when switching from ota to
cable-only signals.

And, it would certainly help cable firms navigate retrans issues at least a
bit, but for the people in hard-to-reach (by RF areas) would make them
second class citizens.  If a cable company dropped a signal due to retrans
falling through, cable customers in hard to reach (by RF) areas would find
out that their friends who subscribe to cable but live in strong signal
areas could watch a network signal that they could not.

The would call the cable company, and the cable company would be able to
offer them no alternative.

I'm not sure it's a solution.  Maybe it's an indication that cable is
starting to think about differentiating itself from OTA broadcasting instead
of operating under the conceit that they are in the broadcasting business.
It's more likely a partial work-around, which would tend to support your
thesis, Dale.

John Willkie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Kelly" <dalekelly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "OPENDTV" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2007 11:23 AM
Subject: [opendtv] CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA Reception in
Cable Boxes

> It occurs to me that this maybe to position Cable companies to take a
> tougher stance in retransmission consent  negotiations. Any thoughts?
> CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA Reception in Cable Boxes
> March 9, 2007
> CableLabs <http://www.cablelabs.com/>, the cable television industry's
> technology development consortium, is working on an initiative to develop
> cable interface specifications for receipt of off-air digital broadcast
> signals.
> The Louisville, Colo.-based consortium said the interface specifications
> would enable devices to receive digital off-air television signals and
> deliver these digital signals seamlessly through a cable set-top box. The
> technology would allow consumers to receive broadcast television signals
> an integrated viewing experience.
> Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable
> Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development
> organization that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications
> technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those
> advancements into their business objectives. Members include Cable One,
> Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, Time Warner Cable, and

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