Originally posted by CPanther95
[B Your individual choice to forgo an antenna because it's inconvenient doesn't automatically give you the right to import those signals free of charge in whatever format you choose.
Must we go here again? We've discussed this in another thread and I thought we both agreed that if the customer is in an area that is INCAPABLE of getting an OTA signal, something that companies like Sinclair seem to be completely ignorant about or refuse to acknowledge, the signal should be provided at no additional cost. The station is the one that is going to lose out, and I think the advertisers are the ones that will ultimately decide this issue.
The plain and simple fact is that OTA viewers are a very small minority, whether they can get the signal and are too lazy to try or because they simply cannot get the signal period. This idea of re-couping costs by charging viewers for the installing of new digital equipment that was mandated by the FCC to retain their license to broadcast is just BS. Nobody is forcing them to broadcast a HD signal. Eventually when advertisers notice that people are watching the HD version of a broadcast on another station and the HD version of say a Sinclair station is not on the cable system, guess what, advertising revenue will go in the toilet. If the station decides to transmit a SD and a HD signal and wants to charge for the HD signal, charge the advertisers not your viewers, like stations have been doing it for the last 50yrs, or don't broadcast a HD signal. When the station realizes they've lost viewers to stations that are broadcasting a HD signal, the station will come around to reality, it's really just simple economics and market reality.
Getting back to the OTA thing, please qualify your remarks about OTA reception to include only those who can actually get an OTA. I've spent over a $1000 on OTA equipment and to no avail, is a station like Sinclair going to reimburse me for that expense, hell no, instead they want to charge me money to get the signal that is freely broadcast OTA. Concerning this issue, I have no sympathy for the broadcasters, you want to play the game, learn how to play it, just don't ask me to subsidize something so that others can get it for free.