Broadcast television in an IP world

Jean-Francois Mezei jfmezei_nanog at
Fri Nov 17 22:27:36 UTC 2017

On 2017-11-17 16:37, Luke Guillory wrote:
> Have you seen what the OTA guys charge for retrans rights? They don't want to do this, 

Fair point. Coming from Canada, OTA stations, because are freely
available, can't charge distributors (BDUs (MVPDs in USA) so their
revenues are purely from advertising.

So that changes the equation. If going OTT allows them to shut down
their OTA transmitters (and not pay for conversion to ATSC3) it could
result in lower operating costs.

In canada, BDU subsriptions are down and if the trend continues, NOT
making programming available on the net means you miss the boat.

In the USA, perhaps OTA stations could go to subscription model pn
Internet to replace the MVPDs revenues and end retrans disputes.?

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