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

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 12:25:14 -0800

Possible, if not likely, Dale, but it's a weird kind of work-around.  Very
few people complain that (same language) ota signals are included on cable.

John Willkie
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Kelly" <dalekelly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:04 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Re: CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA Reception
in Cable Boxes


> I don't know to where the recent push for the ala-cart selection of
> multi-channel programming has progressed but this may also have
implications
> in that area.
> I.e.: Pay for our local program tier, as is done currently by DBS, or
> receive it OTA using our digital STB.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Craig Birkmaier
> > Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 7:11 AM
> > To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [opendtv] Re: CableLabs Proposes Specifications for OTA
> > Reception in Cable Boxes
> >
> >
> > At 11:23 AM -0800 3/9/07, Dale Kelly wrote:
> > >It occurs to me that this maybe to position Cable companies to take a
> > >tougher stance in retransmission consent  negotiations. Any thoughts?
> > >
> >
> > I think that Dale is correct about this angle on the announcement,
> > however, I think it may go further in terms of future competitive
> > implications.
> >
> > It appears that the cable industry may FINALLY be forced to open up
> > the market for STBs. Hopefully the FCC will not back down (again) on
> > the legislated (1996) requirement to open up this market. The
> > contention point has been the requirement for smart cards for
> > competitors, while the cable industry is using hardwired
> > (motherboard) security. With a downloadable security regime, third
> > party STBs and DTV enabled computers and appliances (like AppleTV)
> > will be in a better position to compete with the cable company
> > offerings.
> >
> > It could be that the cable industry realizes that the STB marketplace
> > is going to become more competitive, and that the ability to receive
> > OTA broadcasts is likely to be a feature pushed by competitors.
> >
> > Regards
> > Craig
> >
> >
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