[opendtv] Re: The Potential of OTA DTV

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 07:59:30 -0400

Tom Barry wrote:

>  <dgrimes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote
> > How do I do all of that at the same time?  One possible way is to do what 
> > we do now with our NTSC signal.  Deliver the primary channel from 
>our studio to the cable head end directly.  Doing this with our HD signal 
>would allow us to send cable the highest possible quality, where the vast 
>majority of true HD viewers get their content from anyway.  Then we can use 
>our OTA digital channel to deliver more SD channels to OTA only homes, where 
>the new found variety in programming would be most appreciated.
> >
>I'm somewhat surprised we don't hear more about that scenario. That is, SDTV 
>OTA with multiple channels but the same station HD 
>on cable.   But I'm not aware of any so far.  Is something restricting that 
>- Tom
Probably politics. Broadcasters are still angling for multicast must 
carry. So they keep HD program as their primary OTA signal that would be 
must carry even if they actually are using retransmission consent so as 
not to ruffle any feathers.

But again I am asking the question. I don't understand the politics or 
the dynamics of this and I would like to. What are broadcasters thinking 
or are they on autopilot from the sixties?

Bob Miller

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