Originally Posted by keenan
I agree, a co-owned delivery infrastructure makes perfect sense for both companies, set top boxes though would be another question, as you note, they won't work with each other's delivery system. 100 % STB replacement should still be far, far, less expensive than all the duplication of birds that is going on now.
I don't know what happened in Texas, in Cali, it was Enron's shenanigans that brought the state close to bankruptcy and cost Gray Davis the governor's chair. Californians also don't forget how another Texan, GWB, turned his back on us when we asked for legal federally funded relief.
While I am in no means defending GWB, if a state asks for federally funded relief because of earthquakes, fires or mudslides in California - I can see it - but to offer federal relief because of bad decisions made by the voters who voted for the proposition or the elected officials who wrote or enacted the law - that certainly sets up a slippery slope that I agree I don't think the Federal Government should be involved in. If it forces the voters of California to throw the people out that were responsible or let it happen instead of getting the free pass, then I could argue it worked as it should have.
If I disagree with my taxes or retirement going to the infrastructure of Iraq, who bails me out when I am living on the street? My only choice (as small as it seems) it to change the people that represent me. If I always get bailed out - will I make that decision?
I guess its sort of like the father that lets his son spend a night in jail after always bailing him out - to find out what the real consequences are.
But whatever, all this is not germaine to this discussion.
Originally Posted by Vampz26
But what I don't want to see is lack of competition, because I can see both D* and E* just saying "thank god we don't have to worry about this crap anymore", not caring about what HD they provide from that point on....
As for E* or D* in competition, I tend to agree that the landscape has changed and that with telco's opening up, it can be argued that the delievery medium is not just DBS or a cable company now.
Just as cellphone rates and long distance have come down since 1985 with increased competition (remember there were essentially 3 long distance companies in the early 80s and only 2 cellphone companies per market in the late 80s) the more methods of delivery the greater and cuthroat the competition will become.
If you think about it, right now if you combined the resources and eliminated the overlap in spotbeams, there is easily enough capacity to put up the entire ATSC transmissions of the USA in mpeg4 as we speak.