[opendtv] Re: Let the games begin

  • From: Richard Hollandsworth <holl_ands@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 15:35:31 -0800 (PST)

Ya Broadcast Guys gotta put things in perspective....
OTA has advantage of being (almost) free, but it has limited coverage today, and
reportedly only "serves" perhaps 15% of households.
Second/Third TV's may increase percentage of actual OTA connected sets, but 
it's still expected to shrink as Analog is shut down (forcing use of an STB) 
and ATT/FiOS expand their market share.....and the associated increase in 
BroadBand penetration.

Likelihood of OTA reception is a crap shoot--most people live with whatever 
happens to come in.....such as it is.....
And if it doesn't work, there is nowhere to submit a complaint (vs Cable and 

So if DTV reception for some people in "difficult locations" for stations using 
Distributed Transmitter Networks becomes more difficult under particular 
propagation conditions, how many people would even notice, given that DTV 
reception (esp via indoor antenna) is iffy to begin with???

And, of course, reception for many people should actually improve....


"Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Tom Barry wrote:

> But I'm of the school that says we will soon have very fast
> fiber connecting all important (worth paying money) fixed
> locations in this country anyway.

Just like cable now.

And just like cable, services carried over the fast fiber link won't be
free. A good 40 percent of households are happy to decline cable. And
some households only use cable for the broadband Internet link, not for

So even with a fiber link, other TV distribution media, as well as other
two-way links, still have a place, I do believe.


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