[opendtv] Re: NTSC Cutoff Date

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 10:33:37 -0400

nat ostroff wrote:

> 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.

I think this misses the point of the 85 percent rule, however. The
85 percent rule tries to minimize the impact of NTSC shutdown on the
ultimate consumer. Presumably, any cable head-end that happens to
use NTSC today to pick up local TV channels would have little trouble
shifting over to ATSC (or land lines, or microwave, or whatever),
then providing these local signals as analog or digital downstream.

The number of cable head ends we're talking about is relatively small
and the financial burden is peanuts to a cable company.

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