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#81 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:07 AM

True. There are laws that require an EAS alert to be on all channels and if the capability of placing the alert on all channels is not possible, channels without the alert must be interrupted. All things being equal those laws should also apply to 'cable from the sky' - especially when the #1 and #2 providers are satellite providers.

But all things are not equal. When satellite can carry local channels on the same rules as cable (coverage areas for stations that agree to carriage not stopping at an artificial line) things will be more equal.

Besides, unless there have been recent changes the only requirement for EAS is the EAN and monthly/weekly tests. Weather warnings and other alerts are transmitted as part of the EAS system but are not required.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 10:42 AM

And cable shouldn't be depended on either. Yet they are still required by law to do it. It isn't about being DEPENDENT on it, it's just another way to get the information out. They can do it via DBS *and* via Ethernet if needed. It wouldn't reach everyone, but it might reach somebody just in time.

And it does show on my locals? Not OTA but DBS based.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:12 AM

And it does show on my locals? Not OTA but DBS based.

It could show up on the locals. At the moment it only shows up on TWC - but an "all channel" design could be used on all channels.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:36 PM

All things being equal those laws should also apply to 'cable from the sky' - especially when the #1 and #2 providers are satellite providers.

I'm not sure who the #2 provider is, but the #1 provider is Comcast. And unless things have changed drastically, they're a cable company.

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:30 PM

I'm not sure who the #2 provider is, but the #1 provider is Comcast. And unless things have changed drastically, they're a cable company.

Hmmm ... I wonder if Comcast bought a few companies since I last noticed. #2 is DirecTV by about 5 million customers (December). Please edit my remark to read:

All things being equal those laws should also apply to 'cable from the sky' - especially when the #2 and #3 providers are satellite providers.

(Not forgetting the remark that followed reminding the reader that all things are NOT equal between cable and satellite.)

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 09:11 PM

True. There are laws that require an EAS alert to be on all channels and if the capability of placing the alert on all channels is not possible, channels without the alert must be interrupted.


Wonder when they will decide to interrupt internet usage and wifi and 3G cell phone usage as well. Afterall, more and more folks are going to internet-based entertainment.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:23 AM

Wonder when they will decide to interrupt internet usage

My previous Internet provider would hijack your browsing session when an Amber Alert was issued in your area.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:58 AM

My previous Internet provider would hijack your browsing session when an Amber Alert was issued in your area.


I have mixed emotions about that. If it were my kid I would want the whole world interrupted but if I was just trying to do something online I would be pissed if it all came to a halt until the alert was over.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:16 AM

if I was just trying to do something online I would be pissed if it all came to a halt until the alert was over.

It'll only hijack you once per alert. And you can opt out.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 07:02 PM

What about EAS national alerts. I thought I read that DBS providers have to comply with those and if so, when do they do those. I know. Why bother posting this. I should be grateful that they don't have to interrupt all channels weekly/monthly like cable does and hopefully it stays that way as I haven't seen one since switching to DirecTV a little more than a few months ago. I'm just curious.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 08:04 PM

Wonder when they will decide to interrupt internet usage and wifi and 3G cell phone usage as well. Afterall, more and more folks are going to internet-based entertainment.


If they do that, they might interrupt your internet connected ps3, xbox360, wii.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 06:39 PM

What about EAS national alerts. I thought I read that DBS providers have to comply with those and if so, when do they do those.


As far as I know, they're not required to do EAS tests the way broadcast stations and cable systems are.

If there's ever an EAS national alert, I think DirecTV programming being interrupted is going to be the least of your worries. (Keep in mind there was not a national alert on 9/11/2001.)
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:38 AM

Keep in mind there was not a national alert on 9/11/2001.

Although a lot of programming was interrupted, it was all voluntary.




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