Originally Posted by kc9hzn
I get the impression that the FCC's attempts to reduce the TV spectrum are, in addition to being a favor to mobile data companies, a favor to pay TV providers. By breaking the free competition, they hope to drive people into the arms of the paid providers. Anyway, it's all cronyism. And the two satellite TV providers are worse in that regard than the local muninciple-approved cable monopolies.
The sheer rollout and regulatory expense is exactly why there are only two satellite TV (and one satellite radio) providers. And I'm not sure all the interference mitigation procedures are as necessary for satellite TV as they are for other satellites, given that both transmit and receive require highly directional antennas. The satellite TV communications path is effectively a closed communications path, even if it is wireless.
There is nothing local about Comcast. It is based out of Philadelphia. They are no more innocent than anyone else. In fact, their strongarm tactics with Comcast Sports Philadelphia are a notable exception in sharing channels for a reasonable fee. Satellite customers cannot receive CSN-Phi. That being said, the networks like ESPN, TNT, Disney, FOX News, CNN, and Lifetime are the ones driving up your cable bills the most. Blame them not the satellite or cable providers.
On top of that, I think CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC would be thrilled to be satellite/cable only networks. They'd command a far higher cost per subscriber than they do for over the air. Sure, it's bad for you and me, but it lines their pockets.
If a-la-carte ever gets momentum, these networks will get a rude awakening.Edited by swiat - 2/3/14 at 10:15am