At 2:43 AM -0500 3/22/05, Bob Miller wrote: >I still cannot comprehend the unreality of it all. It simply does not >make sense that this is happening in the US. How can we as a country act >this stupid? And it goes on. I have not been quiet about my attitude >toward LG and 8-VSB in talking to anyone there including those who >developed the 5th generation chip. I have told them we more than prefer >COFDM, we intensely dislike 8-VSB. What is so difficult to understand Bob? This really is SIMPLE. Terrestrail television broadcasting exists in the United States today for two reasons, neither of which have ANYTHING to do with technology: 1. Must Carry, re-transmission consent, and local-into-local (SHIVA), are fundamentally tied to the NTSC franchise. These regulatory perks guarantee the survivability of the OTA franchise, while giving the media conglomerates a powerful tool to retain control of the ENTIRE television audience. In short, TV is the most lucrative public franchise ever granted by a government - it is hanging by a tenuous thread that cannot sustain another Supreme Court legal challenge. NTSC is " The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs." 2. Poliitical control. The NTSC franchise is the most powerful political tool ever conceived by our elected representatives. While it is financially lucrative for the franchisees, it is politically potent for for the politicians. It is the only Television service that reaches into nearly 100% of U.S. homes. It provides a powerful stage for political actors, who have used this stage to bring about radical changes in social mores and Federal government intervention into just about every aspect of governance that our Forefathers delegated to the States via the Constitution. The collusion between the politicians and their NTSC franchisees is unprecedented. Consider two current events: 1. The Baseball steroids scandal - when the big fish were testifying before Congress last week all of the national networks turned over the stage to the politicians for a bit of Grandstanding. 2. The Terri Schiavo case - this is an unprecedented intervention of the Federal Government in the affairs of the States. Without the National stage, would either of these issue have been raised to the current level of hyperbole by the politicians? Bert likes the idea that the TV franchise should be updated to reflect unspoken realities. We all know where the real power lies, with the National Networks, so why keep up the charade. Just eliminate localism, and let one set of voices speak for the Nation. Perhaps Bert has become infected with the "Inside the Beltway" mentality; the belief that an omnipotent National Government knows best what we need and is in the best position to take care of us. It is very difficult to conclude that the shift to a powerful centralized government, which our forefathers so feared, could have taken place in such a short period of time (about five decades), without the collusion of a powerful national media, under the control of Congress. The only conclusion that can be drawn with respect to the "politics" surrounding the ATSC standard, is that the so called "DTV Transition" is working perfectly. Replacing a system that protects the NTSC franchise with one that would actually allow TV broadcasting to become competitive again would be political suicide. Going the additional mile to make this system open to ALL content providers - without political gerrymandering - is unthinkable. Regards Craig ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.