[opendtv] Fewer than 2 Million have OTA DTV in US

  • From: "Bob Miller" <robmxa@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 21:55:10 -0500

Less Than 2 Million OTA Digital Users

http://broadcastengineering.com/RF/hd-ota-viewers-1221/

That means less than 1.8% of the 110 million US households are
receiving OTA DTV after NINE years.

Wildly optimistic IMO.

A high percentage of those CAN receive OTA DTV but RELY on cable or
satellite. That is they have earlier attached an antenna but don't use
it or seldom use it now.

How many RELY on OTA DTV? Maybe .5% IMO. Real die-hards. OTA DTV is
becoming a backup system for a select few who even know it exist. Just
in case another Katrina kills cable and satellite. In the meantime the
UK is at 75% of DTV penetration and they actually know they have OTA
receivers in the UK because they freely purchased them to receive OTA.

As former Chairman Powell said "What are we protecting?"

Bob Miller


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