It seems to me that the F.C.C. and congress are owned by the Broadcast Networks and Cable Operators. If the F.C.C. requires that DBTV operators NOT ONLY CARRY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING (FOR FREE!!) and MUST CARRY POLITICAINS gross BULLSHIT then they should also be allowed to carry the network broadcasts to make an even playing field between Cable and DBTV.
I definitely hate the cable...I live 125 miles east of DC/Baltimore (almost in the ocean). If I cave in and connect the much hated wire to my house, I get all the Baltimore/Washington market stations (something which I will never do since I am a C band-12'dish veteran and havent had cable for 15 years). But if I go to the Dish site on the net and type in my zip code, I flippin dont qualify to get the same programming. That playing field is as level as Yosemite.....the wire can, but the wire is insistent that DBS can't. Check out how the ATT/TCI merger (where ATT wants get the local phone service through the back door with the coax wire) where they are trying to lock out AOL from access on their pipeline. I believe the same ATT/TCI have stakes in AtHome and some of the internet front ends designed for cable...my point is, these guys hate competition, will lock out any competitive threats and do the consumer no good. We will be okay as long as the market is freed up so DBS can live up to its full potential.
The cable/broadcast lobby has bought the FCC lock stock and barrel. 1 out of every 25 video channels given away for free!!! My question is where are these channels going to come from? I'll tell you where, they will come out of the channels I already pay for!!
I have to agree.... To let the cable companies run wild and then hand cuff the "little" satellite companies is absolutel insane! The cable companies can treat their customers terribly and charge for services which are too much....but when Dish and Direct want to compete at an even level, the big bad FCC says that that wouldn't be an option! I'd sure like to know who is getting their pockets lined, and also would like to make a loan with one on these Congressmen..... he definitely has too much time and a whole lot of money on his hands!!!!