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Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:27:52 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Networks Threaten To Pull Channels Off The Air If Aereo & Dish Win Lawsuits Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Apr 16, 7:59 pm, woll...@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) wrote: > Neal McLain wrote: >> There are plenty of other second-tier networks that would jump at the >> chance to grab a former FOX or CBS channel. Possibilities are >> endless: Bounce TV, This TV, Ion Television, Retro Television Network, > > None of those pay enough to justify the electric bill. >> foreign language, religious, home shopping. > > Those can be lucrative, and are generally the stations that elect > must-carry anyway. If you were a big broadcast group owner like Belo or Sinclair, what would you do if your affiliated network announced that it would not renew its affiliation agreement? Look for another network? Band together with other group owners and create a new network? Buy CNN or some other advertising-supported cable-only channel? Or just sell your spectrum to the feds and go off the air? I think the big group owners will survive. >> Furthermore, if CBS and FOX go cable only, they lose all the cushy >> perks their affiliates got under the 1992 Cable Act. No more mandatory >> cable carriage, > > That's fine by them, since they weren't depending on must-carry > anyway. They were depending on their NFL and other sports rights. > (Murdoch, for his part, has been quietly accumulating sports rights > over the past few years, because he thinks six national > general-interest cable sports networks just aren't enough and plans to > launch a seventh later this year from the remnants of SPEED.) Fox and > CBS both think their programming is valuable enough to consumers that > they could get at least as favorable a deal from the big-five MSOs > (and anyone who isn't one of the big five is too small to count) and > the two satellite companies. > >> no more retransmission-consent, > > See above. I don't think it would be "fine with them" if the cable and sat companies put sports on a separate tier. Surely you're aware of the Cablevision v. Viacom Inc. lawsuit in which Cablevision accuses Viacom of antitrust violations "for forcing it to carry and pay for more than a dozen 'lesser-watched' channels in order to offer the popular ones like Nickelodeon and MTV." ( http://tinyurl.com/bwmyds4 ) Whether or not Cablevision will win this suit is beyond my ability to foresee, but if Cablevision prevails, the obvious place to start is to isolate sports onto a separate tier. Of course, FOX, DISNEY, YES, et al, would flood Capital Hill with lobbyists. But so would Consumers Union and numerous other "public interest" groups. >> no more government-mandated geographic monopolies, > > A national service doesn't have any use for that anyway. > >> no more mandatory access to the basic- cable tier. > > See above. See above. >> But their former affiliates will still have those perks! > > But they won't have programming anyone (other than little old ladies > on Social Security, who aren't the most lucrative advertising market > out there) has the slightest interest in. I think the big group owners will survive. > I've believed for a long time that broadcast television is > functionally obsolete, and will be gone (at least as a mainstream > commercial offering) early in the next decade. It's just a huge waste > of energy, and if the executives weren't mired in the sunk-cost > fallacy, they'd have seen that and gotten rid of it already. That's exactly what Bill said back in 2009. ( http://tinyurl.com/y8nysmy ) At the time, I disagreed with him, citing the power of the NAB. The NAB may not have as much power as it used to, especially if FOX and CBS jump ship. But I still think the big group owners will survive. Neal McLain ***** Moderator's Note ***** Q. Is the Grasshopper book the earthly manifestation of Jon Postel's soul? A. See above. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:33:20 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Do not mention his name Message-ID: <20130418133320.GA29450@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Every few days, I catch up on those I follow at the Twitter site, and yesterday I got a "retweet" from Dan Tynan, who writes for Infoworld and other publications. He referred to an aritcle by security heavyweight Bruce Schneier, author of "Applied Cryptography" and the man who coined the term "Security Theater" to describe the TSA. Schneier's article in "The Atlantic"(1) struck what is, for him, a familiar chord: the ever-so-hard-to-remember truth that terrorism is a rare event, and that our visceral reaction to frightening events is amplified (and, IMNSHO, exploited) by mass media. Somehow, my memory brought up a song by Ellis Paul, which he wrote in reaction to the TV hype that surrounded John Lennon's murder. The song's first line says it all. As I write this, there are three names to keep in mind: Krystle Marie Campbell Lu Lingzi Martin Richard But, not, unless another victim succumbs, a fourth, and I think we should keep it that way. It's inevitable that the loser who put all of Boston into an emotional preasure cooker on Patriot's Day will be found, and called to account, but whatever revenge the Commonwealth of Massachusetts takes on him will be an anticlimax compared to the revenge you and I can exact: the only retribution that this pitiable non-competitor will be afraid of. We can disregard him. Please help those around you, and history, to remember Krystle Campbell, and Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard. Please remember their names, and shun that of whomever ended - note that I did not write "took" - their lives. Do not mention his name. We can refer to him, in the years to come, as "Accused person 12345" or "Inmate 54321", or whatever we choose, but please don't mention his name. He doesn't deserve to be memorialized, or imitated, or even recalled. Forget him. He deserves no less. Bill Horne 1.) http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/the-boston-marathon-bombing-keep-calm-and-carry-on/275014/ -or- http://goo.gl/qzEh6 -- (Remove QRM from address to write to me directly) - - - Do not mention his name. The man kills John Lennon, now he's on TV again. He's blaming Holden Caulfield in the face of the lens. And each time he does it, he kills him again. Who killed John Lennon? A loser with a pistol, a martyr's best friend. And each time he's televised, he kills him again. It's the prize that he wanted when he loaded the gun. And each time he's mentioned, murder is done. So, who killed John Lennon? A no one. - Ellis Paul
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