So now all cable operators that do not carry DTV broadcasting become terrorists under the Patriots Act?
|call for dual|
must-carry of analog and digital TV signals by cable.
Fritts, who addressed the opening ceremony Monday for this
year's NAB convention in Las Vegas, said cable isn't delivering
a majority of digital TV signals from local broadcasters. He
said there are more than 800 digital TV stations on the air,
but only 107 have obtained cable carriage.
|Originally posted by Chezbrgr2|
I thought three was something about 85% penetration!
It does not now mean HDTV, but IMHO, when analog is turning over in its grave, it may.
It wont. The FCC has only mandated that OTA stations switch to a digital station and that has nothing to do with HD. As time goes on, chances are that the major local network stations will be in HD...probably, though it will be many many more years before all of the others switch to HD.
In our lifetime OTA stations will always be here in either HD or SD.
I think there won't be any OTA then anyway. Each "local" channel will just be on the cable or DBS. I think probably in HD.
|Probably the only thing holding back dual carry right now is that just about every network wants cable operators to pay MORE for the DTV signal. If they didn't charge more, I'm sure this would be a moot issue.|
|Currently, 809 of the nation's 1,300 broadcast stations beam HDTV channels, but only 75 are carried on cable.|
|"We believe our (HDTV) signals are valuable" and give cable a leg up against satellite, says Martin Franks, executive vice president of CBS, which owns a third of its local affiliates.|