[opendtv] Re: News: FCC Sets Schedule for Next Round of White Space Tests

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 08:59:05 -0500

At 8:30 PM -0500 1/21/08, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
In case this wasn't clear, what I'm saying is that the OTA
infrastructure here is NOT govt supported in any way.

That's absurd Bert!

Competitors are paying billions of dollars for wireless licenses. The broadcasters only pay FCC license fees that are measured in thousands of dollars depending on station size.

And re-transmission consent is based in legislation that allows the broadcasters to demand payment from the multi-channel services for what they broadcast for free. If than is not "government supported," then what is? (and I'm not even talking about the government support for PBS, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting).

Providing the same
coverage area with big but low-powered sticks, Euro style, let alone
really small sticks, would be like adding insult to injury.

Why? The telcos have done it, and they paid through the nose for "their" spectrum.

Broadcasters
already seem to find it difficult to justify the OTA plants they have.
Take Gainesville as a prime example. Where is NBC?? Where is CW? For
that matter, why can't the OTA network become better than it is now,
with more choice than 6 or 7 major nets?

The Gainesville situation with NBC is based in historical precedents and contracts between WESH in Orlando and Cox Cable in Gainesville and Ocala. Because of these contracts, the NBC network does not want to add an affiliate in Gainesville; given the fact that 93% or more of the Gainesville market gets TV from cable or DBS, why would NBC want to add another affiliate? The spectrum is available - the content is not.

The CW is carried as a sub channel on the local ABC affiliate - The signal is soft as hell, probably on 1-2 Mbps. MyNetworkTV is carried as a sub-channel on the CBS affiliate. Both are available in the lifeline cable service from Cox here in Gainesville.

As for the lack of choices on Broadcast TV, I find it amazing that you can't figure it out.

Why in the world would the media conglomerates create more broadcast channels with local "middlemen" when they can go direct to the multi-channel services and collect monthly subscriber fees? All i can say, is that you are lucky that they still give away the stuff from the major networks.


Why donate spectrum to other longish range systems when TV c/should be
improving their own plants? If other systems can use this spectrum
effectively, without interering with big sticks, why shouldn't LPTV be
given the first shot? Just a f'rinstance. Would that possibly increase
OTA usage? Or don't we want that to happen?

More broadcast channels produce NOTHING for the politicians at any level.

More cable channels means more money out of the pockets of every Joe and Jane six-pack.

Auctions = Billion$ for the politicians and the ability for the entrenched players to keep potential competitors at bay...

You figure it out Bert.


REgards
Craig


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