Originally Posted by DrDon
Some of their movements speak louder than words. IMO, NBC selling WNBC's spectrum, for instance. To me, this makes WNJU difficult to do the channel-sharing-ATSC 3.0-simulcast thing. If they were sold on ATSC 3.0, I don't think they would have done that. WNBC is the flagship.
Unfortunately, NBCU/Comcast just doesn't care about VQ. Their cable is total garbage, and more and more NBC stations are channel sharing now, with a significant drop in VQ. The NYC DMA is going to be a nightmare to transition over to 3.0, as there is so little spectrum and so much running on it, and in the neighboring markets. It's already kind of a mess, and it's not going to get better anytime soon. I think we'll see 1080i/p on 3.0, as then they can put like 10 channels or something on one transmitter, making the whole channel sharing thing a LOT easier.
No, my money on 4k content outside of streaming is cable/DSS. If NBC is going to give us LIVE 4k Olympics, it'll be where they can charge a premium for it. Ditto FS1 and ESPN. Gotta recover the costs, somehow.
I would agree. They are going to want their dough. However, that doesn't match up well with Comcast's capabilities right now with bitrate-starved HD cable channels. If anything, I think DirecTV would push them to provide 4k feeds of Tokyo to DirecTV ahead of when Comcast is capable of carrying them.
Originally Posted by DrDon
Oh, I totally agree. The only glimmer of hope for the targeted advertising is the fact broadcasters can now include ATSC 3.0 cable carriage as part of their retrans negotiations.
WHAT?!? That's word salad right there. ATSC 3.0 is OTA, not cable, and has little to do with cable. For cable companies that don't have fiber feeds, they can just convert to new ATSC 3.0 equipment to pick up the stations, but that has nothing to do with how they are transmitted on cable, via QAM. Nothing would stop OTA channels from making ad-targeted versions of their channel for different cable plants and delivering them via fiber today, but that sounds like a lot of work for the small benefit. Cable is largely independent of what OTA is doing.
Originally Posted by Tschmidt
That is what I'm thinking about doing, implement a LAN based network TV for home.
It's not quite the same thing that 3.0 will do, but I already have that basic functionality with my TiVo Roamio and Minis. One RF signal into the Roamio, Ethernet from there.
At least in the short term we are able to receive more TV stations, due to repack transmitter sharing so that was unexpected on my part. Being in a deep fringe area hopefully ATSC 3.0 will be more robust then 1.0.
The Boston market is a screwed up mess of a market with all the channel sharing, and just the shape of the DMA in the first place, with the DMA technically stretching up into the Lakes Region, where it would be nearly impossible to get anything from Needham OTA. I feel bad for you guys, although we're starting to see channel sharing down here in Hartford-New Haven too.
Originally Posted by NashGuy
Honestly, who knows what will be going on with TiVo come 18 months from now. They may be completely out of the retail DVR business (or OTOH fully recommitted to it). There's one or more private equity groups who are reportedly sniffing around the company, interested in acquiring it and taking it private. They just got a new CEO and things have only recently settled down after the merger with Rovi. Lots of uncertainty, it seems.
I sure hope they do! Rovi doesn't want to do hardware, but they have no issue licencing their software to other companies to make the boxes. We might actually see more TiVo hardware options out there. I also hope that, if anything, they are more boring and more square, as the Bolt lineup went a bit off the rails design wise. I like the new Mini, it's very understated and blends in with other AV equipment well.