[opendtv] Re: Fox, Affiliates to Share Money From VOD

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 16:55:10 -0400

I'm not sure why affiliates don't use their multicasts to air past episodes 
of popular shows. A couple of Baltimore stations, ABC 2 and WB 54, seem to 
simulcast an SD version of their -1 channel on -2. The only interesting 
feature offered by these simulcasts is that they give the viewer a greater 
choice of aspect ratio twiddling than the -1 subchannel does. At least, with 
our STBs. The -2 channels allow the receiver to zoom in on pillarboxed or 
letterboxed + pillarboxed shows, where the -1 channel does not. But it seems 
like a waste of bandwidth to me.

Perhaps the affiliates can compete directly with the on-demand Internet way 
of gaining access to previous shows. Not as flexible, perhaps, but higher 
quality and/or much much faster to "download," compared with either trying 
to stream the show in real time across the Internet, or allowing consumers 
to download a true SD or HD version for later viewing. And it shows up at 
the big TV set, without requiring any PC-TV integration.


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