[opendtv] Re: News: FCC's Martin Floats Leased Multicast Must-Carry Proposal

  • From: Barry Brown <barrysb@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 15:18:51 -0500

On Mar 1, 2007, at 8:59 AM, Craig Birkmaier wrote:

At 1:23 PM -0500 2/28/07, Barry Brown wrote:
Otherwise, the DBS spectrum is flooded with large time segments of duplicate programming, which will become significantly worse as we progress toward an all digital system. Not an efficient system of program distribution.

Agreed that it is not efficient, however it is the direction that DirecTV and Dish are moving today.

What is at stake is about $50 - 100 million per month in fees that the DBS companies are now collecting (or will be soon) for local broadcasters. Most of the money goes to the broadcasters, but the DBS companies get a small share and interest on the cash flow.

The unfortunate reality is that most subscribers are not like yourself and would rather pay the $5 per month for local stations to avoid the hassle of putting up an antenna.

My question is what's keeping the DBS companies from installing a combo DBS/DT-OTA system, integrating the DT-OTA EPG with the channels arriving via satellite. The customer has no hassle, the sat provider makes better use of spectrum space, and probably still could charge for the service since a completely integrated system would be something of value for their customers.

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