[opendtv] Re: NTSC Cutoff Date

  • From: William Smith <wsmith@xxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 08:26:04 -0400

But Nat if you replace the NTSC receiver with a DTV receiver and RF 
modulator (at station expense) you can then move those cable customers 
to the "digital" pile and get closer to the analog shutdown. I think 
that stations shouldn't fight the shutdown but instead race toward it. 
The cost of operating dual plants is a tremendous expense most small 
market stations or pub casters can't stand for long. We have also had a 
large jump in prices for analog transmitter parts for transmitters less 
than 5 years old.

William Smith

nat ostroff wrote:

> To clarify my last transmission. The count for NTSC receiving Head Ends
> should only be those that get the NTSC signal via an off air feed. I think
> it is still a large number and it should be able to be determined with a
> little phone work in each market. Feeding the head end with fiber or
> microwave is thus counter productive to the broadcasters position.
> Nat Ostroff
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "nat ostroff" <nostroff@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 9:35 PM
> Subject: [opendtv] Re: NTSC Cutoff Date
>>Ahh, the off air feed.  If the FCC wants to count all Digitally received
>>signals at the head end of a cable company as serving the subs with a
>>digital signal even if it is delivered in the form of good old NTSC then
>>they should be forced to count all of the subs who get their cable signal
>>from a head end that is fed with NTSC as being served with an off air
>>signal. That should change the satisitcs to well below the 85% trigger
>>level. Is it not time for the broadcasters to make that point?
>>This is Mark Aitkens idea and I think it is a good one.
>>Nat Ostroff

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