[opendtv] Re: NAB, MSTV applaud FCC must-carry proposal for DTV transition

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 18:26:29 -0400

Craig Birkmaier wrote:

> The NCTA is saying that the only viable option for most
> cable operators will be to carry both an analog and the
> digital broadcast, effectively tying up nearly 12 MHz of
> capacity on their systems.

By the way, a small point perhaps, but since cable companies seem to be
going to 256-QAM these days, a complete digital multicast must-carry and
analog together would only tie up at most 9 MHz of spectrum. And if
cable transmits only in digital, then local broadcast multiplexes only
tie up 3 MHz of spectrum each.

So there shouldn't be a whole lot of incentive for cable companies to
want to carry only the analog version of local broadcasts.

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