[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: Doug McDonald <mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 08:54:20 -0600

Barry Wilkins wrote:

> Cliff,
> The dumb programs comment of yours intrigues me. I do not know of the
> breadth and quality of the numerous programs you have in the USA. 

visit www.titantv.com and select a satellite provider. You will need
a zip code ... use mine, for example, 61801.

We get lots of channels, say 250 regular ones and perhaps 60 foreign
language ones. This counts subscription (i.e. HBO) and pay per view but 
not music only.  There are perhaps 140 to 180 regular channels,
the upper level for sure if you count Spanish as non-foreign (which most 
are not ... they are made for the US or Mexico.)

And many of these are high quality. That is, high quality in the eye of 
the beholder. My favorite channels are the Food Network (home of
Iron Chef America, my favorite show) and Speed Network (motor racing of 
all sorts.) I find the "Discovery Channel" type channels of variable
interest, especially since many are "almost all repeats". I don't find 
HGTV (Homes and GRadens) for example particularly interesting, but it 
has a following as rabid and loyal as those of Iron Chef America. There 
are vast offerings directed at children, and not so vast (read: scarce
and poor quality) directed at "adults" (i.e. semi-porn).

Doug McDonald

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