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Broadcasting and Cable Magazine contains a strong editorial about the threat the low-power DTV option makes to the successful transition. This is written by one broadcaster to the industry and sends a strong message. The article is here.


Here are a few quotes from the article:


"low power is to condemn over-the-air DTV to a long and painful period from which it may never recover"


"Low-power operation of DTV will eliminate the most important over-the-air audience for the new service: the home viewer with an indoor antenna. In short, low power really means no power to most of our audience and certainly eliminates indoor reception in most cases."


"The FCC has made a short-term political decision that will allow it to dodge the bullet that its continued technical mismanagement of the DTV rollout has created. "
 

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That's certainly true here in Pittsburgh. Of the 5 stations that have started digital OTA, 3 are at such low power that I can't get them 22 miles away from the antenna.


It's a travesty.
 

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The foot dragging by broadcasting interests, aided and abetted by our impotent FCC, assures that cable/satellite will ultimately become the top tier providers of HDTV. It may also provide the impetus for the networks to develop mechanisms to bypass the terrestrial affiliates.
 
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