Donald Koeleman wrote: > So who would pay for the DVB-T distribution? The broadcasters? > They were glad to be start paying less to the cable-co's for > cariage. Cable fees have at least (depends on when you start > comparing) quadrupled in the past number of years, only partly > because of the shift in operators reveue sources from > broadcasters to subscribers. You probably missed the stirr a > week or two about the internal government document that > calculated that cable fees would have to grow fivefold to 83 > euro's for the equity company's to make a return on their > investments. How curiously different and yet the same. Over here, it was reported yesterday that the FCC is investigating why cable company fees are going up so fast. They are looking into enabling more competition in TV program distribution. The thing is, when Verizon offers FiOS TV, a direct copmtetitor to cable, they charge exactly the same fees as cable. Sounds like in the Netherlands, cable companies got their revenues from the broadcasters before, and now from subscribers. Presumably, then, the broadcasters get all the ad revenues directly. > Anyway let's leave that aside, as the point is that > broadcasters no longer need the (potential) thread of DVB-T to > keep their cable distribution cost under control, so why would > they start paying more to KPN, just to shift their universal > coverage from cable to DVB-T. You're saying, if cable companies get all their revenues from subscription fees, the broadcasters are now off the hook. But it doesn't end here. So here's a possible extension to the scenario: Now that cable companies have to get their revenues from subscribers, and if it's true that subscription fees will have to increase fivefold in order for cable companies to break even, is it not possible that cable subscribers would prefer to try something different? At some point, won't cable subscribers revolt? In a free economy, if one service is priced too high, other competitors will emerge to try to do a more efficient job. Why would DTT not do well in such a case? > BTW, you know they gave up on the ideal of universal indoor > coverage, yup they want Mr. Yagi's legacy to return;-). This is exactly the sort of reality check that I always try to get across. And that several list regulars love to ignore. I noticed that the French TNT never did make such lofty promises to anyone, for example. Even though the ATSC got such bad press, on this list, for basing their reception contours on "30' masts," as the "persistent pessimists" always wailed about, that's what realistic systems do everywhere. Maybe they say 10 meters instead of 30 feet. The clue should have come early on, when the mabb (Berlin DTT provider) decided to limit their SFN to two towers (and a smaller third one for a few of the channels). It's the difference between practical reality and nonsensical propaganda. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.