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post #1 of 7 Old 06-04-2001, 10:51 AM - Thread Starter
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This was the final few sentences in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the bidding war over DirecTV:

"Then again, in the not-too-long term, it may not matter very much. Over the next five years, a host of new digital delivery systems, from broadband fiber to wireless Wi-Fi that will allow for infinite channels, could blow the content-delivery business wide open -- the dreaded fear of content-distribution players like Mr. Murdoch. A one-way footprint may become a liability. So whoever ends up with Hughes wins the battle near-term, but may get the booby prize of winning the last poker game on the Titanic."
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A wired cable system has a lot more bandwidth than either E* or DTV does. Now if cable could get their act together (and they have been working on this for as long as either DBS provider has been around), then DBS would go back to a niche player for techo geeks, unusual channels, and those not served by cable.

I really doubt any wireless system or fiber optic based system will replace cable/DBS in the next 5 years - they have been working on internet over cable for at least 10 years.

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[b]This was the final few sentences in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the bidding war over DirecTV:
"Then again, in the not-too-long term, it may not matter very much. Over the next five years, a host of new digital delivery systems, from broadband fiber to wireless Wi-Fi that will allow for infinite channels, could blow the content-delivery business wide open
This is the kind if silly comments you get when non tech people write . . . 802.11b (Wi-Fi) is not gonna allow for infinite channels. It is a lossy 11mb maximum wireless LAN standard. It is cool, but it has virtually nothing to due with TV distribution. And nobody (especially in this market) can see a viable business model that will support the capital required to digging trenches to hook up fiber to homes. But the poster before me has it . . . the cable companies have much more bandwidth than satellite providers and their ability to inject local content locally works much better with the existing (archaic) local broadcast laws than nationwide satellite broadcasting.

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A one-way footprint may become a liability. So whoever ends up with Hughes wins the battle near-term, but may get the booby prize of winning the last poker game on the Titanic."
Long-term, this could be true . . .

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I'll believe it when I see it. VOD is basically dead, depite the big plans, and I would expect the WSJ prediction to be wrong for the same reasons, in addition to the technical issues that dagman so rightly lsited above. In addition, cable operators have shown no ability to leap ahead of the curve. Indeed, they're always playing painfully slow catch up.

And to presume that DirecTV/Dish will stand still competitively over the next five years, as the WSJ editorialist seems to be doing, is silly. Should the cable guys ever get their act together (highly unlikely), Murdoch will find a way to compete fiercely -- and just to hedge his bets, he'll probably find a way to buy a big cable player, too.
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What are those guys at WSJ smoking?

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One major item that dbs has over any other transmission method is reliability. Even if there is an interuption due to rain fade, I do not have to call someone to get it fixed and sit on permahold. It corrects itself in a minute or two. I can live with that. Also, no taxes are paid on dbs service.

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