[opendtv] Re: Let the games begin

  • From: "Bob Miller" <robmxa@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:29:33 -0500

On 11/15/06, Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
At 6:56 PM -0500 11/14/06, Mark Schubin wrote:
>There might be more value to OTA TV broadcasts than the statistics
>would seem to indicate.

An interesting point of departure...

Now consider what value there might be in a properly designed OTA
infrastructure with broad support in terms of new services and

Ot to turn the analogy around a bit.

How effective would those fire trucks at the airport be if you had to
hook up the horses to pull the pumper out to the runway, and several
strong guys had to operate the manual pump?

Just because there is 'some" value left in the legacy OTA business
proposition, does not mean that there are not other propositions that
would serve the same purpose AND provide new services that would
support a robust market around the system.


Perhaps the better question to ask, is why we cannot have a free to
air, advertiser supported, multi-channel system here in the U.S. that
parallels what is happening in Europe. And it is important to note
that this DOES NOT preclude the new service being used to deliver
bits that are paid for.

That is the key question, "Why?" The answer is that no entreprenuer
except USDTV has seen any merit in doing anything with OTA. With the
proper tools there would be a dozen already and they all would either
be doing very well or have been bought out by others doing even
better. There would be over 120 million COFDM OTA receivers in the US
by now if we had allowed DVB-T in 2000. More than the number of
households IMO.

USDTV is back in business but still on its death bed IMO. They are
hoping for 5th or 6th gen receivers to appear but are not counting on
A-VSB. So who is or who will? For A-VSB to thrive you are going to
need a lot of players who are really on board.

Bob Miller

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