[opendtv] Re: News: The death of Cable TV

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 22:17:49 -0400

At 4:48 PM -0500 10/27/10, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
Dan Grimes wrote:

 What do you use to support this assumption (the same question would
 go to the writer of the article)?  Data, research, Nielsen ratings?
 It seems like an awfully big assumption, to me.  How do you know
 that if the stations can be selected a la carte that people won't
 pick the small networks?

Heh. Why not ask the small stations? Small broadcasters survive on "must carry," with no other demands. Ask them whether they would be willing to not be on the basic tier.

I think Dan was referring to the smaller cable networks, not the broadcasters who are guaranteed access to the MVPDs.

But to answer your question directly...

Not a chance. Without cable carriage small independent broadcast stations are almost worthless. These are the broadcasters that are likely to be first in line to give up their spectrum for a cash pay out.


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