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If FCC's "Must Carry" passes, Discovery may hold back HD channels.

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by man_rob, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. man_rob

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    Oh, yeah. Swanni is *NEVER* wrong! :nono2:

    (Just kidding--I see this is an actual press release from Discovery's P.R. hit team trying to lobby the FCC.)
     
  3. HouseBowlrz

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    I like to think that there are enough satellite subscribers out there that Discovery would still get a strong viewer base for the new HD channels. Unfortunately, I don't have access to raw statistics on the number of satellite subscribers versus cable.


    :rolleyes:
     
  4. Earl Bonovich

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    I don't see it being as big of a problem as it may seem on the surface for Cable-Co's.

    I know here in Chicago.. Comcast has just flipped or is about to flip the digital switch, and eliminated the analog channels (except locals)...

    So that just oppened up a MAJOR amount of bandwith for them (So they claim), hence why they just added a few more HD networks.

    The relatively small space that ANALOG locals (The minimum for must carry), probably = Total amount of 1 maybe 2 HD networks
     
  5. Stuart Sweet

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    I think this is all a lot of sabre-rattling right now on both sides, and I agree that there is enough satellite penetration (that all meet the 100% digital standard) to justify any investment from Discovery.
     
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    If "must carry" DOES NOT pass, maybe broadcasters will take all their signals off of satellite and cable, and just make you buy an OTA antenna to get them. After all, wasn't "crappy OTA analog reception" the reason most people got cable? :rolleyes:
     
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    Steve Mehs

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    It's the other way around. Analog takes up a huge amount of bandwidth. One analog channel takes the bandwidth of 2 HD channels, or 8-10 SD QAM digital channels.

    They should and then maybe the industry will wake up and realize what a waste and out of date method local TV is. I'm all for scraping local channels and the affiliate system completely and having national networks. National feeds of ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the CW. If I lost my local channels completely I’d just download the content I’d be missing off the internet anyway. I’m not supporting my ‘local’ broadcasters any more then I have to.
     
  8. HDTVFanAtic

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    And when you can figure out how to supply the networks with $6 - $8 Billion or so dollars in annual revenue - each - I am sure they will be happy to drop the affiliate system.

    Actually, it would be more than that as they would be forced to recoup the added bandwidth costs.
     
  9. digitalfreak

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    At the beginning of Wednesday's Mythbusters, there was a blurb at the bottom of the screen saying "This program is also available in HD".
     
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    Get real......Discovery is owned primarily by the company that is trying to buy D*.
     
  12. n3ntj

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    I noticed that too, and the guide data on ch 278 said "HD", but D* does not offer Discovery HD yet. Darn! Mythbusters in HD would be cool. Can't wait until later this year.
     
  13. dbconsultant

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    Mythbusters HD was indeed cool. And what an episode to start with!!!!:lol:
     
  14. n3ntj

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    Do you get Discovery HD from E* or cable? Was the whole program in HD or just parts? I know they use a lot of handheld cameras on the show. Can't wait until we get Discovery HD on D*.
     
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    We get it from E* and the whole program appeared to be in HD. When we watched Dirty Jobs last week (prior to the new HD channels starting), they showed Mike Rowe using a handheld to do closeups on birds in their nest and the camera had an "HD" lable on it so even handhelds can be HD.
     

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