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Lawmakers want a Digital Czar
Posted 13 February 2008 - 02:44 PM
Not a bad idea!
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:24 PM
Particularly when you read this from the same source:
Not a bad idea!
Everybody tries to get a piece of the action.
Cable can do that via set-tops, by just plain wiring homes and by converting digital signals back to analog....
Gessner (president of Massillon Cable TV in Ohio and NCTC chairman) proposed a transition plan, called “Save Our Sets,” in which multichannel-video providers would hook up anyone who is not a current subscriber free-of-charge and provide, for up to seven years, the primary signals of every TV station.
Broadcast-only consumers would surrender $40 government-issued coupons, meant for them to buy boxes to convert digital signals to analog, to the multichannel provider, like Massillon, which would then return them to the federal government.
In exchange, the multichannel-video provider would receive free retransmission-consent for the local TV stations for seven years.
“We think that’s a reasonable trade to make sure that every television station continues to appear on every television set in every home,” Gessner said, acknowledging that his plan would need legislation passed to make it work, in terms of retransmission consent.
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