[opendtv] Re: NTSC Cutoff Date

  • From: Mark Aitken <maitken@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 11:15:58 -0400

I believe that the point (bigger picture) is being missed. Forget about 
"what ifs". A specific question is being asked by the commission. If 
NTSC went away (today, tomorrow or some other future time), WHAT would 
be the immediate impact? Forget ATSC...that comes later. Today, who is 
being served by OTA. THAT is the question.
And for clarification, this is not just my idea, but I am moving it 
forward to the commission...so should the rest of the Broadcasters out 
there who give a hoot about the impact of the "Ferree Plan". I say just 
answer the question being asked. We will get to the rest in good time, 
and it won't be lost on anyone...

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

>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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