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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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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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