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

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:26:11 -0500

On Feb 4, 2014, at 8:14 PM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> 

> Edison and Con Ed are a perfect example…

> If instead Edison did not have a distribution network, then he would have an 
> incentive to invent AC or DC appliances, and the truly best distribution 
> system would win. Which ultimately did happen anyway, but it could have 
> happened sooner
> Edison spread all manner of half-truths to keep DC distribution alive. 
> Conflict of interest.

It’s how the game is played, although Edison was around when the game was 
invented. It was competition in the electric utility industry that ultimately 
led to the industrialists and politicians getting together to create regulated 
monopolies. This led to broadcasting being treated the same.


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