[opendtv] Re: Digital Trends: ESPN may pull its finger out of the Internet-TV dam, unleash a flood of change

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:31:24 +0000

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> Come on Bert, you are WAY off base on this one.

How am I off base? The tier system, which you long oppose, subsidizes those 
small productions you champion. You can't have it both ways. The article 
explains this too.

> Unlike the article, however, I have suggested that most channels
> would be forced to drop their subscriber fees, so that MVPD
> subscribers would be able to watch them, since most subscribers
> would not pay for channels they rarely watch.

Inconsistent logic, Craig! A small-time production with small viewership gets 
*no* revenue streams, if they aren't subsidized by being included in a tier. No 
forced subscription fee kickback, and small ad revenue, spells imminent 
failure, does it not?

Not to mention, if there is no content owner twisting the MVPD's arm to provide 
exposure for this niche programming, there will be no incentive for the MVPD to 
carry that programming at all!


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