[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: Doug McDonald <mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 15:43:29 -0600

Doug McDonald wrote:

> Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
>>But guys, they did! Dish and DirecTV tried to merge a
>>couple of years ago, remember? They weren't allowed to.
> A legal merger is different from a physical merger.
> This is Craig's idea of a "spectrum utility"
> applied to satellite, exactly.
> Right Craig?
> Doug McDonald

One more thing: of course there is one "zinger" to
sharing channels. This does not apply to "local into local".

That is that some channels allow the satellite provider to insert
their own ads. This would have to be fixed by splitting the
feed into two for the duration of the ads ... easy with statistical

OF course, this would today require one of teh two vendors to
completely replace all boxes.

For political reasons neither it, nor Craig's OTA utility
idea, will happen.

Doug McDonald
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