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EchoStar Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Rights of All Americans to Choose

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by TNGTony, Apr 2, 2002.

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  1. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    EchoStar Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Rights of All Americans to Choose Their Network Channels

    Check out the Press Release

    See ya
  2. John Corn

    John Corn Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Think the Supreme Court will here the case and lets us get any station we desire that is on Satellite. :lol:
    Unfortunately, the PR doesn't mention any of their legal arguments - that could prove to be amusing.
    I for one, would be very suprised if they could get any justices to agree to hear this.
    Who knows, I doubt this goes far. This sounds like its all PR.
  3. MarkA

    MarkA God Bless America! DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Okay, I'm glad you clarified. When I first read the title I was about to call 8003333474 and say cancel the account, and destroy my DISH equipment faster than you can say DISH!
  4. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    You know, at least he is willing to give it a try.
  5. Guest

    Most of the posters in the "other" forum have, I beleive, missed the big point to this. It isn't what exists now - it's about what will possibly exist in the future - especially if the merger is completed. There are stations out there (Fox 11 in LA and the CBS affiliate in Dallas that I know of - I'm sure more) who are very interested in having their newscasts available nationwide to anyone who wants it. In addition, there is a model that has been worked on that allows for the reception of out of market stations at a cost to the consumer. Probably offered in some kind of package, that revenue would be partially distrubuted back to the local station in consideration of lost advertising revenues.
    I say especially if the merger happens because up until now, cable really wasn't interested in or in many cases have the channels available to be able to do this. Dish and Direct separately did not have the capacity especially with must carry. But merged, they could participate in this. In addition, there are some who beleive multiple local stations in many markets will start to fade and regional stations will take their place, using relay antennas for over the air reception.
    All this of course is only on paper and many new ideas are sure to emerge, but it shows that what is current very possibly will not be what exists in the near future. Those providers who are ready for these changes will profit.
    Finally, I know there has been a debate whether locals should even be on satellite, but it seems to me the correct decision was made by Dish and Direct to carry them. I don't need to go any further than three of my four close neighbors in Connecticut who would love to switch to Satellite, but not until the local stations are available. Using an antenna is not a viable option for two of the networks, and Charter Cable charges $15.99 as the lowest tier of charges.
  6. Scott Greczkowski

    Scott Greczkowski Banned User

    Mar 21, 2002
    If this by some off hand chance did get approved, what would this mean for spot beams? They would be useless.
  7. RichW

    RichW Hall Of Fame/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 29, 2002
    I don't hink that the spot beams would be useless. Firstly, because demand for some stations would be non-existant, there would be no need to give them CONUS coverage. Thus the best and brightest stations would become new "superstations".

    Seconndly, spotbeams would still be needed for other regional non-broadcast uses, video conferenceing, and Internet access.
  8. Chris Freeland

    Chris Freeland Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    Even if by some miracle E* wins this case, this does not mean every station will be available Nationwide. Even with a merger, the New E* will not have the bandwidth to cary every local station Nationwide, they will still need spotbeams. The only stations available Nationaly will likely continue to be the Big 4 Nets from the current 6 city's available now plus the Supers and National PBS, the only diference is that everyone would qulify, not just subs who who live outside a Grade A or B contour. Regional channells might be available to everone on a particular spotbeam. Any thing else is very doubtfull.
  9. jegrant

    jegrant Legend

    Mar 24, 2002
    Even if I could only get locally produced programming from a handful of national and regional stations, I think I'd consider subscribing to these "distant partial" local channels, provided they were available for a reasonable fee.
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