[opendtv] Re: News: Broadcasters alarmed by telco fiber plans

  • From: John McClenny <jamcclenny@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 10:23:29 -0500

*Congress should prohibit SBC and Verizon from offering digital TV
unless the companies follow an extensive list of government
regulations, Schmidt said. Among them: Local broadcasters must remain
the only source for network programming; fiber providers must be
required to black out the availability of certain sports games; and
local TV broadcasts must be carried on fiber networks.
Duh - like the telcos wouldn't already be doing this? Local off-airs are 
obvious - free content in exchange for carrying the full set of digital 
channels, black-outs are part of the content deals with the sports networks.

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