[opendtv] Learned somthing new today

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 22:23:38 -0400

Being new to broadcasting and never having actually broadcast anything 
yet except as a demo I find it is easy to learn new things.

For example I learned today that a rape of broadcasters is going on for 
parts. Parts for transmitters specifically transmitters being used for 
analog broadcasting. It seems as the digital transition drags on 
transmitter manufacturers find they have sold most of the transmitters 
they are going to sell for awhile since the digital ones that they are 
going to sell have mostly already been sold and will last for 20 years.

So there is not going to be a need for analog transmitters much anymore 
so the cost of parts like tubes is going up radically and the tube 
liability of broadcasters is getting pretty serious. It is a case of 
make hay while the sun shines I guess.

It is probably a legitimate rape but it is an indication of another 
factor besides eclectic bills that will increasingly see broadcasters in 
favor of a hard date for analog cutoff.

It also seems that the broadcasters bean counters may be in for a 
significant shock as many go full power on UHF stations by July. Many of 
their electric bills will jump ten fold month to month. That will be 
another incentive to get off those UHF stations that they must vacate 
anyway above channel 51.

Lots of things are starting to build for a real analog shutdown.

Bob Miller
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