Commercial tevevision's migration to space
Terrestial tv antenna can reach viewers at best 100 or so miles from the transmitters. As I always suspected. the 2 million plus homes with fta receivers all around north america represented a gigantic advertising base for commercial television. more people will flock to dbs tv if it is free. Free DBS is about to start broadcasting from a satellite in the 91 to 100 degree west orbital spot.
initial informations are:
equipment need. 22 to 39 inch dish
mpeg 2 compliant fta receiver, card slot will
be required for ppv events
footprint canada, united states, mexico
channels 18 to 22 digital channels in the clear
tvs sports, comedy and other events
sorry to learn that networks has been removed as was initially anounced.
reason given is that networks are available on ota.
don't go out and buy a system yet. wait until the the exact receiver informatons are released. as I understand, not all receivers will work 100%.
more informations from free dbs website if anyone is interested.