[opendtv] Re: OTA

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 03:43:37 -0500

Bob Miller wrote:

The younger generation in NYC are living without cable even though
they can not get OTA. They are learning to live with the Internet alone
and their cell phones. Diller may win this one IMO. Bad article below but
good comments.

The article was realistic, I thought. It made it very clear that the scheme has a problem with supporting standards that people need. Standards. Always a problem. And also, it points out that expensive infrastructure requires REVENUES. These are all very valid points.

The other point is, and this isn't the first time you've heard this from me, regular OTA can work just fine in NYC, provided people do as they do in European congested cities, to receive OTA reliably. And especially to receive DTV OTA reliably. You don’t expect OTA reception with rabbit ears on the ground floor, facing opposite from the TV towers! You instead call the "antennista" to set you up with your own outdoor antenna, or the building management provides a building system. That's how you avoid having to install and maintain, and constantly update and tweak, a really expensive infrastructure of small sticks.

I guess this Aereo system's PVR is "in the cloud" after all. The first description made me think it was in the customer's receiver.


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