Registered: Oct 2003
Originally posted by phaseshift
I think it's unrealistic to provide HD locals via satellite under current bandwidth. Even if DTV does the top 30 markets, as someone quoted the CEO as saying would happen, that leaves a few hundred markets without such coverage. On the other hand, those who say people should just get an antenna should realize: not everyone is a homeowner. Condo associations often prohibit them, and apartment buildings almost always do.
As for providing national feeds, as CBS allows in its O&O markets, there are two things to keep in mind:
- Local news is important for a lot of people. Maybe not for you, but for a lot. Local weather is even more important, especially in areas subject to severe weather.
- If you're watching a national feed, you are lowering the ratings for your local station. And that's not just a matter of stuffing profits into the station owner's pockets. You may not care, but if the ratings go down, the station's income is lowered. Budgets get slashed. The station will be forced to cut back on the kind of news and weather coverage they can provide. That's a loss to the community.
That said; there's a lot of HD programming that DTV doesn't have. I want all of it!
By the time enough people have HDTVs to make a difference, DIrecTV will be using spaceway birds or MPEG4DiVx video codecs to fit HD locals. The news ain't in HD yet. Sorry. Watch the news on the sat local feed, watch primetime on the national feed.
RSNs seem popular.
Also, most apartment biulding let you use a community antenna, and they are usually in cities where the broadcasters are close. And remember the grade B signal test.
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