[opendtv] Re: New transition web site

  • From: Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 17:25:13 -0500

But any demand rests upon them also having some desirable content. Meanwhile the resolution and bit rate requirements are still limited by mobile using any currently practical technologies. If these new entrants have rights to higher resolution content they may also want to peddle the highdef version of them to the cable companies, where bigger pipes might feed larger home displays.


This goes back to our discussions of future possibly different acquisition and delivery resolutions.

But just speculating here.

- Tom

Bob Miller wrote:
On 3/10/07, Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I won't venture any guesses about must-carry but under the current
interpretations of copyright law I would think any newly purchased
spectrum also effectively has retrans consent rights.  That is, cable or
satellite could likely not pirate any signal from those new channels
without permission.

- Tom


All true but the very existence of these new broadcasters rest on
their signal being received and it will be, ubiquitously. If you can
receive the signal with simple antennas in your car you will be able
to receive it easily in your home. No reason for any cable company to
rebroadcast such signals.

Bob Miller


Craig Birkmaier wrote:
> At 11:04 AM -0500 3/7/07, Bob Miller wrote:
>
>> You mean that the new owners will not have gotten the spectrum for
>> free and therefore cannot use it like broadcasters do and provide free
>> OTA programming.
>
>
> No. I mean that they will have a different cost basis for operations -
> that they will need to recover the cost of the spectrum IN ADDITION to
> the operating and programming costs that broadcasters must recover.
>
> Furthermore, this spectrum will NOT come with must carry/retransmission
> consent rights, which means that the new operators will not have
> millions in subscriber fee payments each year to help pay the bills,
> UNLESS they charge fees for the services they deliver via this spectrum.
>
> None of this rules out free services, it just means that the new
> spectrum users will operate at a disadvantage relative to the
> broadcasters who get the spectrum for free and get retrans fees as well.
>
> Regards
> Craig
>
>
>
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