I've been thinking about R/L DBS and some things it has stated to the FCC concerning the D*/E* merger. A few things in particular was they stated that their national service would be small, limited, and not offer many channels. 9 of their 11 TPs will be used by spots according to an FCC filing (which is why they would like to have the two additional unclaimed TPs at 61.5). Rainbow's structure is that it is a jointly owned subsidary of CableVision and NBC. Also MGM owns a 20% stake in AMC and Bravo. With all this in mind this is what I think the basic R/L package will look like: Those in spotbeams will get their locals along with regional Rainbow owned channels (the channels already exist in the NYC area): Metro News (A La News 12 in NYC area) Metro TV (Lifestyle channel based on the region) Metro Learning (Learn about your region) Metro Traffic & Weather (It you don' know what that is...) This package probably would sell slightly higher than D*/E*'s $5.99, maybe $7.99. On the "national" beam the basic package would probably be: American Movie Classics (Rainbow/MGM 20%) Bravo (Rainbow/MGM 20%) IFC (Rainbow) WE (Rainbow) MuchMusic USA (Rainbow) CNBC (NBC) MSNBC (NBC) ShopNBC (NBC) Your Local Fox Sports Net (5 are 100% owned by Rainbow, the rest are 50% owned by Rainbow) MGM Network (MGM, currently in development) MGM Movie Channel (MGM, currently in development) C-Span (PI channel, every cable operator pays into it anyway) Classic Arts Showcase (PI Channel, it's free and the other DBS providers don't carry it) 2 additional PI channels (to get them to the 4%) R/L DBS Barker Channel This package would probably be around $15.00 Interactive Video On Demand services: Mag Rack (Rainbow, there are currently 14 electronic magazines) A couple bucks. R/L will probably first target Sky Angel subs (who are already looking at 61.5) through an agreement with SA to offer a free dual SA R/L DBS receiver(or something similar to seamlessly intergrate the two services with two receivers). Most of the channels owned by the parties could be considered "family safe", which would be apealing to SA and it's subs.