[opendtv] Re: Fw: Re: Post on alt.tv.tech.hdtv of interest today

  • From: "Bob Turner" <bob.turner3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 09:02:13 -0400

Craig -

> What is this world coming to?
> The audacity of terrestrial broadcasters to provide local
> news/weather coverage, or to provide air time to meet their public
> service commitments. Don't these guys understand that they are just
> the conduits for the national networks?


The problem is that they provide both.  And if local news and weather is 
repeated ad nausem, it is NOT serving the local coverage area.  There are 
better ways of handling this, and to alienate viewership is not one of them. 
The reason I stick with local stations only (besides being a cheap 
something-or-other) is that MOST of the time, I value and choose local 
programming.  In Boston, there are many excellent examples of the best our 
industry has to offer.

Your comment gave me an opportunity to rant over when they overdo it.  As 
long as the OTAs provide both, it is a balencing act.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig Birkmaier" <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2005 7:25 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Re: Fw: Re: Post on alt.tv.tech.hdtv of interest today

> At 2:55 PM -0400 4/10/05, Bob Turner wrote:
>>You just hit on one of my pet peaves!  Our local market (Boston) is 
>>with the weather!  If we have a snow day, they offer all-day coverage to 
>>us know it is snowing!  Once you decide to stay home or school is 
>>the last thing I want to know about is that it is snowing.  I am stuck at
>>home and want to watch entertainment to escape from the frustration of the
>>snow or find out what is happening outside Boston and its snow.  But all
>>coverage is pre-empted to report that snow is falling.  That is why I seek
>>out a more distant Station, e.g. Providence in order to watch regular
>>programming.  Our local stations also pre-empt for Billy Graham Crusade, 
>>many other reasons that cause annoyance and frustration.  That is why I 
>>to have alternative station that normally duplicate what is offered in the
>>local market.

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