Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Broadcasters are becoming inviable for many reasons that we > discuss here regularly. The major reason is that the media > conglomerates don;t need than anymore. Something has always sounded wrong about this "reason." The congloms have been using all the media they reasonably can, to get their content out. For TV material, they have expanded now to the Internet and to cell phones. It's a given that all of these media give them the same return for each pair of eyeballs, but they still use them all, to be ubiquitous. I've never understood why the OTA medium should be singled out as the exception. I don't think it is an exception. Unless, of course, the rules governing the OTA medium are too onerous for them to want to put up with. And national caps, and the focus on localism and public service, certainly qualify as two candidates, IMO. By the way, to me "the OTA medium" does not necessarily have to be synoniumous with "broadcasters" that you keep mentioning. > But it is difficult to manage just 6 MHz of spectrum in a > manner that will maximize its utility. I suspect we will see > more M/H bits during the day parts and weekends when people > are not sitting in their family rooms. Unfortunately, it is > not practical to offer an HD stream, several SD sub channels > and and M/H simultaneoulsy. At best, we may see broadcasters > move the sub-channels into the M/H service to maximize the > potential audience. That last idea would be bad news. I don't think this is so difficult. As you say, during the day it might make sense to support M/H more so than at night. And if you go by the bit rates used in online video, 384 Kb/s or so seems quite common. Is that hard to do with M/H over 8T-VSB? I don't think so. One stream would require only about 1.5 Mb/s of the 19.39, in the most robust mode. What's the big deal? So, maybe during the day they support 3 or so M/H streams each, and at night no more than one. Three streams takes up 4.5 Mb/s of the 19.39, leaving room for at least one HD and one SD stream. And with 6 local stations in a typical market, that could make up to 18 M/H channels available during the day. Not half bad, I'd say. 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.