|Originally posted by msink|
I dont have satellite, and havent been following this. What does this mean to those of us with neither one?
|The National Consumers League sent a letter Thursday to Federal Trade Commission chairman Timothy Muris and Charles James, assistant attorney general for the antitrust division in the U.S. Justice Department expressing its concerns over the possibility of an Echostar-DirecTV deal.|
In the letter, the organization's president Linda Golodner says a merger of the two largest home satellite TV providers would give the company "absolute monopoly power'' over people who live in rural areas and have no cable television access as an alternative.
|Since Echostar allocated a substantial amount of cash for subscriber hardware replacement as part of the offer, the best guess is that any replacement program will be at no, or little cost to the consumer.|
|Originally posted by heskech|
I'm not sure that I agree that there are antitrust issues here. First off, how costly is it for a cable provider to rollout service to rural areas? Are these costs prohibitive? Secondly, don't some telephone companys offer cable service over the telephone medium?
|Originally posted by Tom Snyder|
Including replacing my RCA DTC-100 with whatever converter I'll need to pick up E* HD signals?
|Originally posted by zmeister|
Ok lets say that E* decides to replace all the DTV hardware. You have a HD DTV box with built-in OTA. Do you think that they would also replace the OTA capability? OR force you to BUY their OTA module.