[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 15:19:17 -0500

Mark Aitken wrote:

> As to the insinuation that "we" are in the same position
> as Cable and Satellite...read the tea leaves. CEA is
> serving the 85%...could care LESS about OTA! Not "sign
> up" bonus, no continuing revenue, just good "old
> fashioned" FREE OTA.

Except that the CEA doesn't see those "sign up" bonuses
either, do they? If anything, the NCTA, right? To the
CEA, one ATSC STB should be just as good as one cable STB.

On the 85 percent figure, how come we keep reading that 35
percent or more viewership is lost when a station drops
off the air? OTA viewership ought to matter more to the
CEA, one would think.

Seems to me that broadcasters and cable operators are in a
similar situation. Not identical. And I sure ain't
pointing fingers at Sinclair.

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