Craig Birkmaier wrote: > Would you build a new antenna factory, knowing that the current > standard is going to be replaced with a technology that will not > need outdoor antennas? Only because the standard exists today, and the future isn't here yet. I'm absolutely NOT saying here that ATSC, or any one-way broadcast TV, is here to stay. I fully concur with Mark Aitken's thinking, from his broadcaster's perspective. As a user, though, as of now, OTA TV is still providing a valuable piece of the puzzle. > Clearly the standard can work quite well for those who choose not > to subscribe to a multi-channel service. *Or* those who do subscribe to a traditional cable company, but choose to use it as a broadband link, and maybe telephone service, only. Verizon FiOS offers such double-play packages. I know that some MVPDs offer these great deals, where they include the basic TV tier for next to nothing, for the first year. So for those customers who can resist getting lured, OTA TV is available to them too. Let the MVPDs worry about competing with that, as I'm sure they will, which can only benefit all consumers. > A wonderful case of rationalization by someone who has long > questioned why anyone would look at "all that stuff" on cable... No, Craig, you're sorely mistaken. I've long questioned why anyone would want to get *roped in* to the monopolistic, walled in service. It's no mystery to me that they like having a zillion channels to watch. Remember, I'm the one who keeps saying that OTA broadcasters should make better use of the spectrum they have, offering more interesting subchannels. I'm the one who constantly questions this notion that broadcasters should limit what's on OTA TV. In the current economic climate, if broadcasters/congloms want their stuff to be seen at all, they ought to consider putting more of it on the more affordable distribution pipe, IMO. And they are slowly heading that way, or seem to be. Alternatively or simultaneously, the congloms can also put more of their full episodes on their Internet sites. That works too. Ultimately, that online service could replace a lot of what OTA TV is still useful for, I certainly concur with that! Just that the congloms aren't comfortable doing this yet. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.