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

  • From: Richard Hollandsworth <holl_ands@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 16:11:13 -0800 (PST)

Whereas with NTSC, only one program could be carried per channel,
ATSC can support as many as five or six.
This significantly changes the economic equation, making it easier for niche 
to lease bits, rather than buying a transmitter and building a tower.

Most of the LP stations have, thus far, not participated in the DTV 
transistion, probably cuz there weren't enough channels for double NTSC/ATSC 

In 2009, when Analog LP stations transition to DTV, they could team together to 
several different subprograms on a single transmitter, as we already see in L.A.

Since DTV stations can be paced into nearly EVERY channel position across the
greater metro area, that's a LOT of available program capacity....

Related question: what's going to happen to all of that expensive hardware when 
current Analog
and duplicate DTV stations transition to their final configuration and nearly 
half the
transmitters/towers in America become "excess".....

I'm predicting a bunch are simply shut down and an even bigger bunch will be 
to carry some of the current LP programs plus a bunch of new niche stations....

And perhaps even delivery of movies (HD-DVD, p*orn, whatever) via encrypted 
MPEG4 streams...


Cliff Benham <flyback1@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:      
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Subject: [opendtv] Re: CableLabs Proposes    Specifications for OTA Reception 
in Cable Boxes

   It would also give cable systems "cover" to argue against Multicast Must    
They could argue that there was NO NEED to carry dozens (hundreds?)    of 
religious/anti-religious/girl scouts/pop warner/shopping/high school    
sports/etc channels--just connect an antenna....


[Cliff    Benham] Although there are some religious OTA broadcasters, please    
tell me where there are any OTA analog or digital broadcasts of    
"anti-religious/girl    scouts/pop warner/shopping/high school sports/etc 
channels" in the    US. 
   To the best of my    knowledge they are all on cable or satellite. But NOT   
   There is only one "free speech" channel    and that is carried by Dish, but 
not by DirecTV.
   There is only one ARTS channel which runs    free 24 hours a day on C-Band, 
but is not carried by many broadcasters unless    it is for a half hour at 1AM, 
or later and almost never, even for short    segments by cable. I installed a 
2.4 meter antenna and purchased a 4DTV    receiver just so I could watch 
Classic    Arts Showcase whenever I want. 
   My    point is that niche programming is only somewhat available on cable 
[for    a price] or on DBS [for a price]. 
   It    is not available for free anywhere, the ARTS Channel excepted, but 
that's    assuming you have spent a grand or so on an antenna and receiver..    

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