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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
9/12/2017 1:17:15 PM
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OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
> "It's likely broadcast-only households will keep growing as cord-cutting continues, but it's likely to stay a niche."

OTA broadcast is pretty unreliable. Back when OTA was analog, at least you could sit through some static and still get the gist of what was on, but with digital OTA -- you get a flickering blue screen whenever the weather is bad or reception isn't perfect. It's pretty horrible to watch if you're used to any other kind of HD video. I don't quite understand why there isn't more buffering or quality assurance encoding to make sure that the broadcasts can be transmitted without annoying gaps when there is less than perfect reception. 

I'm just glad that FM radio hasn't gone all digital yet.... 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/12/2017 5:25:51 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@mhhf1ve, I am with you on FM digital!

Your points are good ones on the weather impact, but I think it also varies by the geographic area.  Here in southern California there is a rich choice of OTA broadcasters with good signal pickup with digital converters.

I do think the cord-cutting will continue, maybe the satellite broadcasting and other advancements will keep all markets healthy and alive.

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faryl
faryl
9/12/2017 6:31:59 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
I think it's still very location specific. I've tried multiple types of antennae and can still only access certain channels on my TV (most of which are actually Mexican tv stations - I'd be a better cord-cutter if I improved my Spanish!) (Part of the issue is that it won't let me add a channel manually; so I can't choose a station and then adjust the antenna to pick it up, I need to guess where the antenna might pick up the station and hope the TV finds it)

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afwriter
afwriter
9/13/2017 12:03:32 AM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
That is really the biggest thing holding OTA back. I live in a metro area where I get over 45 channels and some of them aren't half bad. I never have any problems with signal reliability. 150 miles south of me my dad can't even pick up public access TV. 

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afwriter
afwriter
9/13/2017 12:06:34 AM
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For the Kids
"Firstly, I would expect that households with children would be more likely to subscribe to cable, simply because they would want more programming for their children to watch"

We can access most Nickelodeon shows through Hulu and a lot of Disney stuff on Netflix for the time being, but most of the time I would rather have my kids watch PBS on broadcast TV and get a variety of educational shows. 

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clrmoney
clrmoney
9/13/2017 11:42:55 AM
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Ways for Broadcast TV
I know digital TV is something new and different but there are some downside to it. I know that people are coming up with different ways for TV but hopefully they will find the one that suit their needs.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/13/2017 4:58:43 PM
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Re: Ways for Broadcast TV
It is in the end about the power of choice and all that it entails--thankfully the customer again seems to have options--that's the key takeway I get!! 

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DHagar
DHagar
9/13/2017 6:24:37 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@faryl, good example and very true!  If the specific broadcast area doesn't pick up that signal you are limited.  The Digital Converter in our area allows for both automatic channel scanning (with signal strength designations) AND manual editing - that helps!

Learning Spanish would definitely expand your viewing AND language skills - I should do that as well!

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DHagar
DHagar
9/13/2017 6:26:00 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@afwriter, great example and that is my experience as well.  I can receive up to 60+ channels and multiple broadcasts of PBS stations (up to 12) so I am very fortunate.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
9/13/2017 7:55:35 PM
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Re: Ways for Broadcast TV
Might as well utilize broadcast - it's still available and ad supported!

It's certainly cheaper than cable. And having a bunch of OTT subscriptions. So why not?

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