Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Are you serious? > > None of this has a thing to do with what we are discussing. Yes a > few Amazon Prime members may watch shows from Amazon because they > signed up for Prime to save money on shipping. But the topic here > is selling TV subscription services, and the role that exclusive > content plays in promoting these services. No, actually the topic here is to see how TV content distro models evolve, beyond the tried and true MVPD formula (dictated initially by technical limitations of the physical plant). You keep insisting that the old formula must persist, and I'll simple respond that TO THE EXTENT that OTT services use the old formula, that's the extent to which they will fail. The reason the likes of Netflix have been doing so well is exactly because they aren't using the old formula (as several articles have also pointed out). MVPDs are already available, using the old formula, to the vast majority of the population. And people are cutting the cord, especially the much-coveted younger demographic. Changing protocol, while retaining the old formula, ain't going to make any difference! > Nobody is arguing that higher resolution is not "discernibly > better," Bert. But the reality is that high quality 480P is > better than 1080i that is trashed by excessive compression. Let's not launch into rehashed/well known/not relevant to this discussion material. The point is this: You were hammering about how HDTV was "not necessary," how TV news programs would "never need it," how many sets "could not benefit from it," and I thought that hammering was way off base. In a broadcast (one to all) scheme, like OTA, DBS, and cable TV, you're best off using the best signal that fits in the channel, and let the receiver use that signal to the extent that it can. There never was any convincing reason for TV news programs to NOT go to HD quality, unless because the broadcaster wanted to cram other programs in the channel at the same time. Sure enough, before long, every station began transmitting local and national newscasts in HD. No, not 480p. What would be the point? This just meant as an example of less than convincing "hammering," which has recurred time and time again on any number of topics. > Yes, the limitations of analog cable were a factor. But those > limitations do not exist for DBS and IP based telco TV services. One-way broadcast schemes are still going to be less flexible than Internet TV, Craig. For the TV service, aside from VOD, FiOS simply broadcasts, and of course so does DBS. No IP anything. The same signal is split to many households, much like analog cable. Any channel subscription information is fed to the STBs over separate channels, out of band, exactly as it is for standard cable STBs these days. Okay, you don't need to send out a truck to install notch filters, but you're not talking about anything like Internet TV. And importantly too, DBS and FiOS emerged while the TV content owners had no incentive to do anything different for these new media. Times have changed. New services, all-IP services, can certainly support more flexible delivery models, and live broadcast streams (actually multicast) would be the rare exception. Content owners know this, can make use of the new features, and are reportedly willing to distribute their own video servers in ISP nets. Lots of new possibilities now. > No. John Skipper is worried about this threat to the bundle > and doing everything in his power to protect the status quo. "In his power" are the key words. No one is disputing this. If viewership drops, any smart businessman will change tactics. John Skipper knows this, has said so explicitly. You seem unable to get your head around this. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.