Originally Posted by kenglish
It's Back.......Reclaimed TV Spectrum Valued at $28 Billion in Obama Jobs Billhttp://www.tvtechnology.com/article/124414
Too bad that no one has an alternative plan...I guess Obama knows what he's doing, though
I've been following the developments in the attempted spectrum grab by the fcc.
I do not think TV broadcasters should be forced to relinquish even 1 MHz more of spectrum then they already have. Millions of people, including myself, rely on local broadcasters for news, sports, entertainment, and a multitude of other diverse and quality entertainment. Many more millions of people cannot afford the skyrocketing pay-TV bills when they may be one paycheck away from a pink slip in this economy, custom-tailored by Washington politicians. I can think of many other bills that take priority over renting a coaxial cable and cable converter so I have nearly 100 channels of infomercials to watch after 1AM. Or seeing endless self-promotional commercials about how great the over-priced cable company is.
But something is persistently bothering me: Where is the NAB? Why are they not out there defending their turf? Why are the viewers the ones who are scrambling to write their overpaid and overperked congressperson or senator, begging for the right to continue doing what they have been able to do for over sixty years? Why are no broadcast networks airing PSAs about this spectrum-grab during their high-rated network programming? Why are the local newscasts airing FREE commercials in their newscasts for Apple everytime a new ipad, iphone, or any other spectrum-hungry device is released???
I, as a viewer, do not make a dime - not one penny - from watching OTA TV. Why am I expected to do all the legwork while the networks, station owners, NAB, and everyone else involved sit around and count their own money? I'm sure there are some in the industry who are trying and trying hard to stop this. But apparently, it isn't enough.
If a local or state government wants to use eminent domain to acquire a persons' property to then sell it to a private developer, the existing property owner has two options: Accept it or FIGHT it. TV broadcasters, however, seem to be choosing an invisible third option: Let the viewers do our work and defend us because we've been around for over sixty years so we've earned the right to sit around and let others do the grueling work.
I have no problem with contacting politicians and voicing my views and encouraging others to do so, but I do have a problem when those directly affected choose to sit idly by and do next to NOTHING.The time for action by TV broadcasters is NOW! What kind of action?
Advertising on buses, in magazines and newspapers, and on billboards in major U.S. cities and other highly populated regions. PSAs almost every single night on the most popular network programming. PSAs on high rated sporting events. PSAs on the late local newscasts. PSAs on local cable ad inserts. PSAs on the World Series and the Super Bowl.
At this point, if TV broadcasters lose the battle, they can really only look to themselves to blame. I think the viewers are doing the best they can with the tools they have been given. They sure as s**t haven't gotten much direction or education from the NAB, their local TV stations or TV networks about this serious matter.