Originally Posted by jerbear4
Wow Trip in Va quick reply. Appreciate the answers to the RTN. I did not know they were having that kind of difficulty. For the PBS kids well I don't agree with no kids up to watch it, but that is ok. Anyway I admire your knowledge on the whole digital channels.
Yes, RTN is in a world of trouble at the moment, we're lucky it's up at all.
As for PBS, we'll have to agree to disagree.
I do like PBS world better then the Create. I have watched a few shows on World which I think are good shows.
I like two multicast services a whole lot. PBS World, which I have at home, and MHz WorldView, which I have at school (UVA).
You are familiar with the former, when my local PBS is decoding (it spends a lot of time not decoding), I generally catch the 10PM News Hour run, plus World Focus at 11:30, plus reruns of McLaughlin Group (which never gets old to me), plus any number of interesting programs.
MHz WorldView is a different service. It primarily airs international newscasts, and replaces PBS World as my "default" channel at school. I love watching the German and Russian newscasts especially. They also have foreign sports and movies but those are less interesting to me.
Now since we are on the whole subject of multicasting. Do you think that multicast channels such as RTN, Create Tv, World, The tube, etc. will be a thing of the past within a few years. I say that because I what puzzles me is why a tv station would have another station for viewers to watch which may take away from their regular shows. Not to mention, will the tv stations think it will be worth the money to keep these sub channels up and running? Already Weather X is like gone. It was ok at first for it kept me up to date on big storms which was nice. However, the looping of the same weather just got boring and then they had a web site that gave you the same thing.
Well, they target different audiences, and allow you more possible choices to sell to advertisers. PBS stations are exempt since they don't rely on ad revenue, but think about it; RTN targets a completely different audience than does a lot of primetime programming these days, so that's a net increase in viewers of WJAC's services if that target audience tunes in. The situation is similar for other channels; in a world where almost everyone can subscribe to a subscription television service, anything to draw viewers to OTA (where there's MUCH less competition) is a good thing for stations.
Well it has been nice reading your posts. Sorry I don't agree with your view on PBS kids for I think Charlie Ergen feels the same way about a certain kids channel that he splits with a teen channel. However, I admire Charlie and think he is awesome even though I don't agree with all he does. Still though I will never go to his competition.
I had to look up who that was, but I see. I don't have satellite or cable, so I can't really comment.
In all though I will have to say that I do appreciate all the channels I get and can never take any for granted. Especially considering I grew up in the days where I got two channels. A PBS station and a local CBS. So I always have to think about those days and never take any of today's tv viewing and what they can do now for granted.
I'm very satisfied with the additional programming digital broadcasting has brought me. Analog broadcasting had its benefits, but digital broadcasting is clearly superior in my mind assuming it's working properly. When my family moved to Virginia from New Jersey, we got basically 5 channels. With some antenna work (and affiliation changes) that was increased to 8. Digital instantly increased that to 15 (counting the often-useless PBS).
Good chatting with you.