Originally Posted by nathill
My nightmare scenario is that when the repacking is done and ATSC 3.0 is fully implemented, all current television sets will be bricks, and set-top-boxes will be required as will subscriptions to view any decent programming. All the truly poor folks just have to learn what life in America is all about, corporate greed.
As an (at one-time) idealistic free-market proponent, I would LOVE to be proven wrong, but I'm becoming very cynical in my old age.
A free market only works when there are enough players that there is real competition, and that is slowly becoming a memory. A few years from now we may well have the Comcast/Charter/Verizon/CenturyLink/ATT Corp, owning nearly all of the cable and satellite delivery, internet access, most of the remaining OTA stations, and producing most programming and news - but it will be profitable...
Here's another station that is selling their license, abruptly dropping news and most staff immediately, and preparing to shut down ASAP:
Last edited by Channel99; Yesterday at 06:36 PM.