[opendtv] Re: Internet pay-TV is coming. Will you care?

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:05:38 -0500

The usual responses. One comment at the end…

On Feb 3, 2014, at 5:26 PM, Manfredi, Albert E <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> 

> Craig Birkmaier wrote:
>> It stretches credulity to see that you still do not understand why the
>> congloms prop up the MVPD  bundles.
> Because I see the trends, Craig. For example, MVPD subscriptions are no 
> longer the only accounts CBS and ABC (and maybe others - too lazy to verify) 
> will accept, to watch online content they don't post FOTI. For some reason, 
> you feel free to ignore such significant trends. In the ABC FAQ for online 
> viewing, for example, they say that more options are on the way, and they 
> also say:
> "Many new episodes are also available with a subscription to Hulu Plus, or 
> for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video." (Otherwise, you can wait 
> one week and watch the episode FOTI.) So, I see no retrenchment to the old 
> technology-limited, real-time broadcast models. I do see experimentation with 
> new options that have become feasible.
>> You are wrong about Viacom. They fully understand that ALL of their
>> "crops" grow better and produce more revenue inside the walled gardens.
> Again, legacy thinking. This may have been true when walled gardens were the 
> only option technically viable. It's simply not the case anymore. Individual 
> congloms can of COURSE compare their prices with the prices of other 
> congloms, for similar content, whether or not the old tier scheme is used. 
> But they are already beyond thinking that membership to the SAME tier is 
> necessary. This is as odd as your previous insistence that news programs 
> weren't going to "need" HD image quality. Trends, Craig. Just about all news 
> programs have been HD for years now.
>>> As does the younger generation. These things happen gradually, in
>>> degrees, not as a big binary function, Craig. Hopeless addicts may
>>> still be counted upon to prop up the MVPD model, but the declining
>>> subscriptions to HBO and other premium MVPD channels are something
>>> that only you can ignore.
>> Really?
>> Was the publishing industry not transformed by the Internet in less
>> than a decade? Craig's list and other "classified ad services," drove
>> a stake through the hearts of local newspapers.
>> Was the music business not transformed by the Internet in less than
>> a decade?
> Finally. Maybe you're starting to get it, Craig. Changes are happening in TV 
> as well, and only (primarily) the sports addicts can be counted upon to keep 
> the old MVPD model going. That's because addicts exhibit *no* demand 
> elasticity. That's why they are called addicts.

We still have an NTSC service in the U.S. 

The FCC was supposed to open up the market for cable STBs almost TWO DECADES 

You need a MVPD subscription to access TV Everywhere via the Internet.

NO relief in site…


You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways:

- Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at 

- By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word 
unsubscribe in the subject line.

Other related posts: