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tvoldtimer

join:2010-09-16
Overland Park, KS
reply to forgot pw

Re: double dip

How is that a double dip? Broadcasters send their signal over the air for free. Cable and Satellite providers take that free signal and the bundle it with the rest of their offerings and charge the consumers for it. Broadcasters are simply taking their cut of the fee cable is charging you for free TV.

Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO
Cable and Satellite providers are doing those broadcasters just as big of a favor, if not bigger, by making it available through them to more people in a better quality.

I have always thought this industry is ass backwards and find it quite silly that cable / sat had to pay to retransmit anyway. It should have been a gentleman's agreement as they both help line the pockets of each other and both would greatly suffer without the other.

ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL
reply to tvoldtimer
said by tvoldtimer:

How is that a double dip? Broadcasters send their signal over the air for free. Cable and Satellite providers take that free signal and the bundle it with the rest of their offerings and charge the consumers for it. Broadcasters are simply taking their cut of the fee cable is charging you for free TV.

That signal is NOT free for the cable and satellite companies if the broadcaster chooses retransmission consent over must carry, which most of the major broadcasters are doing now. That's why you hear about the blackouts of broadcast stations on cable and satellite every few months--the broadcaster wants more money than the cable or sat company is willing to pay.

balur

join:2010-04-28
kudos:1
reply to Skippy25
said by Skippy25:

Cable and Satellite providers are doing those broadcasters just as big of a favor, if not bigger, by making it available through them to more people in a better quality.

Better quality? The world of OTA Analog is over. Broadcasts OTA now are almost always HD, and will be crystal clear (you'll either get it or you won't). Generally it will be better then over cable because they won't be compressing it to save bandwidth.

miscDude

join:2005-03-24
Kissimmee, FL
said by balur:

said by Skippy25:

Cable and Satellite providers are doing those broadcasters just as big of a favor, if not bigger, by making it available through them to more people in a better quality.

Better quality? The world of OTA Analog is over. Broadcasts OTA now are almost always HD, and will be crystal clear (you'll either get it or you won't). Generally it will be better then over cable because they won't be compressing it to save bandwidth.

I think that generally, MSO's aren't allowed to compress or further change the signal that they get from the OTA broadcast stations. Pretty much it's a straight pass thru as far as the programs themselves go.