Tom Barry wrote: > But the real question in the future may be "Who needs > Broadband?". If the answer to that is going to be > "everybody" then you might have to explain how you can > get broadband without having some sort of TV substitute > anyway. > > Remember, as currently bundled on Comcast broadband I > actually pay a negative amount for lifeline cable, > including the HD OTA channels. It is currently bundled > to be cheaper than 'free'. I agree completely in principle. As an intellectual exercise, you have to wonder why you need multiple pipes for these wideband services. Eventually, the IP pipe itself could provide all you need. I'm with you there, on a purely technical plane. Interestingly enough, the same person who is all excited about his newly discovered DTT reception got FiOS service from Verizon for his Internet broadband. Except he did not want to pay for, and be beholden to, the FiOS IPTV for his TV channels. The price structure is not as you describe with Verizon, apparently. In your case, I'd say Comcast has made it so attractive that people can't help but "get hooked." Then the rates will creep up and up because they have you by the ... . OTA TV, as long as it's "free," is still the only way to receive TV that is intrinsically competitive. You get multiple networks over the same publically owned medium. So, while you are going to be beholden to a single private company for your two-way comm link, you can avoid becoming dependent on a single provider for the one-way comms. Not technically mandatory, I agree. Whenever I hear talk about eliminating OTA TV, it sounds like people calling for elimination of the public beaches in California (for example). Who could possibly want that, unless for his own personal gain? It doesn't make sense otherwise. If politicians call for elimination of OTA TV, my immediate reaction is that the guy is on the take. 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.