[opendtv] Re: Let them eat cake (and ATSC while they're at it)

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 13:08:14 -0400

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

>At 11:15 AM -0400 5/15/05, Bob Miller wrote:
>>The SKY is falling and Murdock is having fits. Of course he is a major
>>investor in Freeview so he will do OK.
>This is news to me. Yes, Sky is facing some real competition. but 
>remember, most of these people did not subscribe to ANY service 
>before Sky and OnDigital began operations. It was expected that Sky 
>would reach some saturation level in the U.K. and clearly it was 
>fairing better than On Digital in head-to-head competition (if you 
>can call it that).
>What is happening in the U.K may be a harbinger for what will happen 
>with cable and DBS systems worldwide. In order to entice viewers to 
>pay for their premium content, it is likely that the equivalent of 
>extended basic cable (30-50 channels of ad supported content) will be 
>offered in the free & clear. When that happens, Freeview and other 
>systems that are capacity constrained will once again be operating at 
>a disadvantage.
>We are just beginning to see how real competition will impact the 
>markets for TV content. Except in the U.S. that is.

We will just have to wait and see as the year goes on but I think that 
what I predict will happen. SKY is offering free channels but this will 
not work IMO.

Bob Miller

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