[opendtv] Re: FCC seventh further notice of proposed rule making

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:44:49 -0400

At 4:49 PM -0400 10/25/06, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

He just came in to tell me he was blown away by all the stations he
could receive and how good the picture is. He bought a Sony of some
kind. I had already heard that Sony sets use good ATSC receivers. He was
amazed by all the multicast channels. He said, "This is better than

Did he say anything about how mediocre the content on those stations is?

The old saw, "500 channels and nothing to watch comes to mind."

Having 5-7 choices - sorry Bert, but multiple versions of the same content is not choice - is THE PROBLEM that is causing the demise of OTA broadcasters. This is followed closely by the dilution of content quality, as the conglomerates scramble to maximize profits while they still have some audience left.

The reason that FREE OTA is working in Europe is that it is providing a viable multichannel service with the content that most people want to watch. Here in the U.S. most of the content that people want to watch is only available via a subscription service (and increasingly via Internet download).

Have you noticed that ABC is branding their sports as ESPN? That's the first step to eliminating sports coverage on Free TV in the U.S. You will know when OTA is "officially" dead, when all sports coverage has moved to subscription services.


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