[opendtv] Re: TV Technology: Getting The Word Out To The Viewers
- From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:18:27 +0000
Craig Birkmaier wrote:
So, your response to the article, not to me, should be, ATSC
3.0 is not being advertised because broadcasters don't want it.
A bit of a disconnect here Bert. We have no real idea what
portion of broadcasters want to migrate to ATSC 3.0.
Really Craig? And yet, you just finished telling us:
Apparently Bert still does not understand that broadcasters DO
NOT want you to watch via an antenna. Every home that cuts the
cord and uses an antenna COSTS the broadcasters in that market
about $5/mo in retransmission consent fees.
So which is it, Craig? You just finished saying that none of the broadcasters
wanted to advertise OTA TV at all.
But we do know that for the past 2+ decades broadcasters have
rarely told their viewers they can or should use an antenna.
Sounds like almost exactly what I wrote already. Broadcasters have essentially
never advertised OTA TV. Why would this author think they should get the word
out, when they have preferred that FOTA broadcasts remain a best-kept secret?
So once again, why does it take so long to get the simplest points across to
Then there is this other one of your gems.
ATSC 1.0 only happened because the Michael Powell FCC finally
mandated it, to move Ch 52-69 from TV to cellular. CE vendors
were happily ignoring ATSC 1.0, until then.
And you felt obliged to respond:
Michael Powell did not mandate a thing.
Then I pointed out the March 1, 2007 tuner mandate. And now you write:
Stop it Bert. I already said that Powell's FCC ordered the ATSC
You just finished saying Michael Powell "did not mandate a thing." Which is it
Craig? Was there an FCC tuner mandate or not? The Michael Powell FCC *did*
mandate something. They mandated that all TV devices have built-in ATSC
receivers, starting March 1, 2007. Not sure why this took so long to get across
By the end of the transition less than 10% of homes used
an antenna. But this is irrelevant,
Indeed what your wrote is totally irrelevant. The simple fact is, the
transition was supposed to end when 85% of households used digital TV. But the
real issue was not whether a remaining 15% of households actually used analog
NTSC. The real issue was whether more than 15% still depended on OTA analog. So
the Michael Powell FCC reworded that criterion in a logical and intelligent
way, which meant that the transition could end immediately. I have no idea what
Craig still doesn't understand about this. It's all obvious.
as there never was any usage threshold for NTSC to be turned off.
Really Craig? So you forgot that too? Wow. Here, refresh your memory:
"Current law calls for broadcasters to return the spectrum once 85 percent of
U.S. households receive digital signals, or the year 2006, whichever comes
later." And then it says:
"About 15 percent of U.S. households don't pay for cable or satellite TV and
receive only broadcast channels over the air. Their TV sets would become
obsolete under Powell's plan. Powell would let networks require cable and
satellite TV services to convert digital signals into analog. With this
conversion, subscribers who want to keep using their current analog TV sets
would be able to see analog-quality pictures."
So, the Michael Powell FCC ended the transition with these two mechanisms. Use
the MVPD subscription rate, which was about 85% at the time, if not more, to
meet the 85% threshold level, and mandate ATSC tuners in all TV devices.
Why do you keep trying this tactic, Craig? Haven't you figured out that you
should check your facts first?
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