Sunday, June 08, 2008

Are the Cable Companies Counting on 6 million new customers (courtesy of John McCain)? Another Death of Free TV Update.

Here, from the International Herald Tribune, is the first article I found that actually estimates the number of televisions that will lose their signals -- even with converter boxes and antennas -- SIX MILLION.
The study by Centris, a market research firm in Los Angeles, found gaps in broadcast signals that may leave an estimated 5.9 million TV sets unable to receive as many channels as they did before the changeover. It may affect even those who bought government-approved converter boxes or new digital televisions. To keep broadcast reception, many viewers may have to buy new outdoor antennas, the study found.

The signals in my area that I am not receiving were addressed directly:

... [a] consultant hired to replace the broadcast antennas on the Empire State Building, found that digital signals did not travel as far as either model had predicted.
"For the people with rabbit-ear antennas, I would say at least 50 percent won't get the channels they were getting," Bendov said. "I would say a lot of people are going to be very unhappy."

Are the cable/satellite corporations simply assuming that the MILLIONS of us who lose our free television signals will finally give in and start writing them a monthly check? Has that been part of the plan since the earliest planning?

1 comment:

Ian said...

Hi there,

As I imagine you have a number of readers of your blog who also are readers of the International Herald Tribune, and because you use the IHT as a news source, I wonder if you might be interested in running a piece, or providing a link to the blog Think! (

The IHT readership is naturally very dispersed and the purpose of this blog is a provide a forum for IHT readers to meet one another and praise, critique, and generally keep the IHT on their toes.

Do drop me a line if you'd like more info.

Kind regards,