[opendtv] Re: September Download Column

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 11:05:52 -0400

At 8:51 PM -0400 10/3/06, Albert Manfredi wrote:

It is hard to beat true broadcast sometimes, methinks.


There IS a better solution.

Open up the broadcast spectrum to push massive amounts of information to consumers, INCLUDING high quality real-time broadcasts.

The problem is that the spectrum is currently used inefficiently, and it is controlled by gate keepers who have no desire to deliver content that competes with their broadcasts. But if we think of the broadcast spectrum as an IP multicast platform that is integrally connected with the wired Internet, all kinds of things become possible. And better yet, the spectrum can be operated as a market, with the government taking a percentage for use of this valuable resource.

Contrast this with the current situation where:

- Half of the broadcast spectrum is used to protect the part that is used (note the white spaces concerns that I have been covering recently);

- Only a small percentage of consumers use the NTSC/ATSC transmission service;

- the new DTV service is virtually useless for mobile applications, and seriously impaired for portable receivers.

- The broadcasters only concern regarding their new DTV channels is to extort additional revenues from cable and DBS subscribers, via re-transmission agreements. (thanks Hurst Argyle for pulling your HDTV signal from a market where your DTV signals cannot even be received!).

We deserve better!


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