Re: Maybe, rather than racing to fix the current...
said by tshirt:A waste of time to think the FCC could teach anyone about negotiating. A bunch of bureaucrats trying to teach hard nosed execs at 2 huge conglomerates how to negotiate?
.... "Crisis" (a very loose description of what's happening) The FCC should take the time in non emergency mode to teach some basic "How to negotiate like a adult" classes (no screaming, crying, finger pointing tantrums or draft "rules" so everyone knows in advance what will earn them a time out?
"If you want to anger a conservative lie to him.
If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
Re: Must Carry Rule must end A. Agreed. Those that can should have options. Those that can't should STILL have the option not to subscribe to OTA tier.
Have you tried to use an antenna? Did you use antennaweb.org to determine what stations are at least in range?
I'm sure that many viewers can stick an antenna on their TV and pick up a fairly decent signal. It's not like 1960s where you had a BW set with rabbit ears being held up by your children and were forced to watch a snowy picture with ghosting.
I built a home made antenna with hangers, wood, screws and a 75/300 transformer and I can pick up almost every Philadelphia station from 45 miles away. The only station I have difficulty with is 6abc since their digital station is 6. VHF is difficult but since most are UHF, you shouldn't have too much difficulty.
TWC is actually giving away DTV antennas in Milwaukee because of their local dispute. I'd like to see them expand that program.
B. It wasn't fair to throw out $20 as the price cable pays to broadcasters... yet. Whatever the cost, it's going up. It's a free service.. why should cable pay at all? The broadcasters aren't paying for the hardware necessary to deliver the cable experience and making it easier for viewers. Broadcasters don't pay for the boxes, the service calls, the installations, etc. But I guarantee if a broadcaster has an issue (sports blackout, transmission issue, programming issue), the first call is made to the cable provider for service.
Essentially, the broadcasters are getting greedy. If they don't want to air free programming, turn in the license and give it back to the public. Before cable, broadcasters were supported by advertising. They still are and make a ton of money from it. They just want MORE.
That's why broadcasters are afraid of Aereo. They know they're right. They found a service and people are subscribing.
Then again... maybe everyone should just turn off their TVs and open a book...