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A PBS Idea - $$ for all

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by korkle, Aug 2, 2007.

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  1. HDTVFanAtic

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again, for less than $200 you can get the same feed the affiliates are receiving - at a higher bitrate than D* (or your local affiliate) would ever give you - and not have to worry about it again.
     
  2. Teamfour

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    I have no idea. I was blown away when that number appeared when I registered.
     
  3. VAman

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    Would you mind posting this info again for those of us that have not seen it? Thanks :)
     
  4. bidger

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    Doesn't matter how many times you might have said that, HDTVFanAtic, if that person is unable to pick up that over-the-air digital feed. Not all of America is flat terrain or close to transmitters. Prior to PBS doing their broadcast, there was only one network doing HD over-the-air in my area and I couldn't justify the investment an outdoor antenna takes. Hell, I was a little shaky about it with two, but since there's a lot of stuff on NBC and PBS I'd like to see in HD, I figured it was worth it.

    But, it's not "one size fits all". It seems like some people think because it's an option for them, it's that way for everyone. It's like the folks who post in a thread where someone bemoans their situation with their current programming provider, "Why don't you just get FIOS?".
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

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    Back to topic --

    PBS is, like every other network, an affiliation of different groups and operators. I'm not saying that you couldn't come up with a way to distribute the money fairly, but who decides what's fair?

    Example: I get KOCE-DT Huntington Beach and KCET-DT Los Angeles OTA. Technically for Nielsen purposes I am not in the Los Angeles DMA (For DIRECTV purposes I am served by LA locals). I should get KVCR-DT but they are too low power and the transmitter is 90 degrees away from all the rest. So I don't get it OTA. Who gets my money?
     
  6. HDTVFanAtic

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    Errr, you might want to go back and re-read what I said.

    I never said to go get PBS-HD over-the-air.

    I never said go buy a digital antenna for OTA.

    Nor do I care if you live in flat terrain or not.

    If you can get D*, odds are that you can get PBS-HD.
     
  7. HDTVFanAtic

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    For $100 you can get something as simple as a World DVB USB Satellite Receiver (or a plug in card) to receive PBS-HD off their distribution feed on AMC3 @ 87W at around 18 Mbps - another $100 or less for a Ku Dish and LNB and you are done.

    http://www.dmsiusa.com/usb_box.htm

    http://www.lyngsat.com/hd/amc3.html

    If you consider you would probably pay $5 a month for the waiver, consider that in 3 years it would pay for itself - and you would have a MUCH better picture than your multicasting PBS station is putting out.
     
  8. bidger

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    I have DIRECTV, I have waivers for PBS, I get the HD feed of the two other networks I have waivers for (CBS and FOX), but I'm not offered the HD feed of PBS. What am I missing here?
     
  9. AlbertZeroK

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    I like the idea, but it's got one huge flaw

    Once you recieve a waiver for a channel, you have that waiver for ever! There is no way to revoke that waiver!
     
  10. Crimson

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    I'd make the argument that we should do away with all the regional PBS stations anyways. Waste of money these days. PBS could easily survive on advertising or subscriptions alone like any other channel out there. This isn't 1978 were we only have like 6 channels available and no internet/cable/sat/wireless/etc.
     
  11. Nick

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    The...
    Reruns... please! :sure:

    In keeping with the tradition of the award-winning PBS program, the repeat shows are not called 'reruns',
    but rather, are referred to as "vintage, mint condition, previously-viewed 20th & 21st century episodes".

    ~~~~~

    I get the national PBS HD feed from the PBS affiliate WJCT-HD out of JAX, FL. It is carried on my local
    Comcast cable system and has almost 100% HD content, totally different from their standard PBS feed.

    Georgia's state-owned public broadcasting affiliate, WGPA, network covers the state with repeaters, but
    the nearest repeater is some 80 miles away, so it is only available here via cable. Unfortunately, Comcast
    picks up the repeater OTA and the interference is, at times, intolerable. As a result, I actually watch more
    PBS out of Florida than (not then) from Georgia.

    Just this week I got the periodic fund-raising phone call on behalf of WGPA. I told the solicitor that, due to
    OTA interference, I mostly watched PBS programming out of Florida and would most likely change my
    contribution to the Florida affiliate. Hearing that, the caller seemed confused and, after a pregnant pause
    to process what I had just said, she thanked me for being a past contributor as she ended the call.

    Upon reflection, I have decided continue my annual donation to Georgia PBS and simply add WJCT in FL
    to my list of charitable giving.
     
  12. HDTVFanAtic

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    Not true.....waivers can be revoked at any time. Just ask those who had waivers for the big 4 Networks East and West.
     
  13. AlbertZeroK

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    by who? your local network? or by directv because you moved? or by directv because you got hd locals now?
     
  14. HDTVFanAtic

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    All of the above.
     
  15. LI-SVT

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    OTA does not work for me, too far away. That is a major reason why I subscribe to a pay TV service.
     
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