[opendtv] Re: The Potential of OTA DTV

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 18:37:27 -0400


If my content is desirable enough to the cable companies, then I can 
negotiate retransmission consent terms that include the carriage of my HD 
content separately from my primary content.  That is true today, and will 
continue to be true as long as the must carry/retrans consent laws remain in 

However, as a PBS affiliate, we enjoy the nationwide agreement signed 
between us and the NCTA, so our entire multiplex is subject to cable 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Miller" <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>

> If you have compelling HD content cable will want to carry it and will
> pay for it one way or the other. No must carry necessary. Why not
> deliver an SD program as your main program and present it to the cable
> company as must carry while delivering the HD program as content they
> can't refuse to carry and which they would pay for. You can deliver the
> HD program anyway you want. The SD program has to be receivable at the
> head-end of the cable company OTA legally but you could also deliver it
> via the same path the HD is taking. The cable company can pick either.

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