I just don't see it working IMHO. Remember SkyAngel? I know people that had it and it had all sorts of religious offerings and it still had to go to streaming over the internet.
It has just been my personal observation that the types of folks who listen to religious "talk radio" are more often than not the types to not be able to afford a FTA system. I don't mean to offend anyone with that comment, and I know there are many many cases where that is not the case, it is just something I have noticed; the cars with the most religious stickers and things on them are usually the worst looking cars in the parking lot so to speak.
I can't think of anyone I know that wouth both bother with FTA with its sad selection of channels (IMO) and attends church on a regular basis. Of all the people I know, I really could only think of a handful of them that would bother with a FTA system at all, even if someone gave it to them for free.
The points you make are the ones that (during the past week) really started me to thinking. We have a choice:
1. We can make FTA work, or
2. We can give up on FTA
I am not willing to give up on FTAs. I think there is a way to make them work. As a matter of fact, I KNOW there is a way to make them work, but, those people who have a lot of money will need to share with the "least of these" without worrying about an ROI.
We just have to find enough rich people who have hearts (real hearts). When I say "rich", I mean people who are rich enough to give and not worry about ROI. After all, if one is REALLY rich he/she should not have to worry about ROI on a million dollars (US) given to a good cause.
With the right kind of money GIVEN (NOT INVESTED
) to those of us who really want to make FTA work, it will happen.
If someone gives me a milllion dollars (US) I, alone, am sure I can create business models that will make FTA work (and I am ONLY INTERESTED
IN AUDIO on FTAs.)
I know this sounds naive (particularly due to the influence of poliltical lobbying and laws that could destroy the forward movement of the endeavor), but, I think it is certainly worth a valiant try.