[opendtv] Re: What a coincidence: Can TV Broadcasters Really Go OTT?

  • From: Cliff Benham <flyback1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:40:49 -0400

On 7/16/2013 11:48 AM, Craig Birkmaier wrote:
While I personally agree with your position - that something offered in the free and clear via an antenna, should ALSO be offered in the free and clear via other distribution infrastructures - the content owners think otherwise. They WANT YOU to subscribe to and MVPD so that they can collect a subscriber fee IN ADDITION to the ad revenue. Personally, I object to paying a subscribe fee for ANY ad supported program; I also object to paying many taxes. But we live in a country where special interests are allowed to game the system.

The two main issues that I object to are paying to view any program peppered with commercials, which now unfortunately includes PBS, and not being able to select and pay for a package of *only* the channels I want to watch from a cable, fiber or satellite provider.


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