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  •  I agree with Fins. Internet for all. (16+ / 0-)

    And basic TV too.

    Is anyone else here old enough to remember when we could watch TV for free because the advertisers would pay for the shows on the trade that we watch the commercials.

    Now, you have to pay a fee per month between $39 to over a $100 for the privalage of watching commericials, and sometimes even have your viewing records sold to advertisers.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 08:23:33 PM PST

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    •  I'm sure most would trade (7+ / 0-)

      a steady roof over their head in lieu of TV.

    •  Trouble with TV here... (9+ / 0-)

      ...is that over-the-air broadcast TV is horribly crippled here. The ATSC system is precisely what it seems with a name like that: a bolt on addition to NTSC that was a bolt on addition to black-and-white TV. If you live in a rural area you have to get a huge antenna that costs hundreds of dollars. If you live in the city, you have to deal with multipath interference which can turn your viewing into a rerun of Max Headroom, complete with stuttering audio and pixellated video.

      You are right, to have a truly working digital TV connection, you have to go either one of three routes: cable, satellite or IPTV, the latter if you are lucky enough to get Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-Verse.

      I would not be surprised if eventually the FCC completely drops the facades and sunsets broadcast TV completely. There would have to be some provision made for the underserved: some sort of "lifeline" service mandated, probably for cable. But that would cost money. Money that currently broadcast TV doesn't require.

      Of course, we're all commodities to be bought and sold, and most importantly sold products. :P

      In defeat, defiance. -- Winston Churchill
      The "tax deal" is a s**tty deal.

      by Pris from LA on Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 09:07:00 PM PST

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      •  ATSC works very well... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...in most of the country.  There are exceptions in the urban canyons of our largest cities and in distant fringe reception areas -- but for 90% of the population, ATSC will do the job and provide a reliable signal with a moderate antenna, if that antenna is properly set up.

        The problem is that most viewers have forgotten how to select a decent antenna and properly install and orient it for good reception.  And since digital is not forgiving, the result of an inadequate/improper setup can be no picture instead of a degraded picture as one got with analog.

        And, yes, it does seem that the current FCC wants to kill broadcast TV so that Genachowski can auction the spectrum off to his buddies at the big telecom companies.  That would be a huge mistake, especially since there is evidence that more people are starting to learn how to set up an antenna for reliable, free TV service.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 10:13:52 PM PST

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    •  You do NOT have to pay for TV (2+ / 0-)
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      I just scanned in the channels on a new TV last weekend.  Here in Dallas/Fort Worth, there are a grand total of 68 channels available off the air for free.  While most of those channels are junk, I'll note that is equally true of cable TV.

      The difference is that I don't pay a monthly fee to have the junk piped into my home.  I'll also note that with free broadcast TV, there's no risk of having your viewing records sold to advertising and marketing types, since there's no easy way to track what a broadcast TV viewer is watching.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Fri Dec 24, 2010 at 10:09:22 PM PST

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