Dale Kelly wrote: > Craig, > Cliff and I raised and agreed upon this issue from the beginning. > > I do seem to recall that at some point early in this discussion > you stated that the Broadcast Networks were committed to their > valuable and profitable O&Os and would never do them harm, as I > had suggested would happen. That was long ago and much verbiage > has spilled over this dam, so if I now have you confused with > someone else, I apologize. In fairness to Craig, the only "protecting" I ever heard him speak of is "the NTSC franchise," and that was stated more like "milk it for all it's worth," and then drop OTA. Matter of fact, Craig's position was from way back that broadcasters didn't take the whole digital transition thing seriously for the longest time. Expecting it somehow to fail or otherwise go away? I'm guessing on that last sentence. He also suggested more than once that the poor performance of early ATSC receivers served broadcasters well, because it meant keeping NTSC around longer. And he keeps talking about how people will all go to cable after they lose OTA reception on 18 Feb 2009. So, from what I've been reading, I don't think Craig was ever one to predict a long and prosperous FOTA TV in the US. O&O or otherwise. I don't know if these hidden agendas everyone talks about are real. They seem to be real, judging for example by how slowly improved OTA products appeared on store shelves, in tiny quantities, and with very little selection, not to mention clueless salespeople. But this Obama administration and Democrat-leaning Congress, I predict, would not countenance such behavior. If only proof could be provided to them. And the economic downturn, at least in the short term, can only help the cause of FOTA TV. And just as an aside, this is just one example of my puzzlement on John McCain's supposed maverick status. Could he not have seen what OTA broadcasters are up against? Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.