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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
9/30/2017 6:06:09 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@mhhfive:

I too am very happy about FM an dhope it would remain so...

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DHagar
DHagar
9/28/2017 5:54:15 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@dir5288, true.  It really is an effective consumer market recreating demand.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/28/2017 5:18:28 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
And it's awesome that there are so many good choices out there now!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/19/2017 2:58:08 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@JohnBarnes:  I'd like to Hope Jazz will endure :) :) But as I said, maybe I'm old fashioned :) :) :).  We have to remain hopeful...right? 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/19/2017 2:55:13 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
Mike & AFwriter,

It occurs to me too that there's another well-known cultural process at work. As a medium declines in popularity (due to fashion or technical change or relative labor costs), one of two things commonly happen in the long collapse toward extinction:

1. If it is intrinsically labor-intensive or requires expensive facilities, it becomes a subsidized "museum art" with, more and more, a fixed canon (opera, ballet, symphony, much of architecture, much of sculpture, and serious academic poetry and fiction are all examples of this).

2. If it is fundamentally cheap and satisfactory results can be produced by hobbyists and skilled part-timers, it becomes a poor-people's or bohemian art, a place for more marginal communities to have a voice. Theatre, slam poetry, stand up comedy (and yes, that's a dying art too), folk music, jazz, vinyl recording, comics, and much of genre publishing are all examples.

Well, maybe broadcast TV is simply revealing that it is a Type 2 dying art. People who prefer to live in their particular eddy rather than in "mainstream" culture find that local broadcast just works better for them.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/19/2017 12:36:01 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
Unless one is in the "business' (as some of us are)..((for instance, as I making my rounds, I am listening to live feed of President Macron at the UN as part of my commitments to my startup, the Daily Outsider)).   There needs to be a broader focus--which is what I commend @JohnBarnes for.....

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afwriter
afwriter
9/16/2017 9:48:49 AM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@JohnBarnes, all good points but I think you nailed it with the fact that it is cheap. You can spend 80 -200 dollars a month on a cable package or $30 once on a decent antenna.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/15/2017 2:57:38 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
I think there's probably a relationship between the higher rates of employment, larger numbers of children, localism, and probably the more-recent-immigrant connection: you're looking at families that participate in a community. They don't spend the money because their households have better uses for the money; they also don't have huge amounts of time to kill at the screen. They want to know what's going on in their town, not what overall trends the marketers are trying to create. So you've got a cheap medium that covers things like school closings, traffic accidents, and local business, which you're going to have on for a short time per day; or an expensive medium that covers stuff the marketers want to sell to teenagers and young adults, and offers hypnotic content to help your children avoid doing chores and homework.  Which one do you want?

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DHagar
DHagar
9/14/2017 6:12:41 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@afwriter, I am with you on that.  I am experiencing more "quality" choices than I have time for even.  Let's hope the market and demand keeps growing.

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afwriter
afwriter
9/14/2017 5:56:25 PM
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Re: OTA is dead unless someone fixes it
@DHagar, joking aside, I'm surprised at how much decent content is available OTA. If it wasn't for the 1,000 other apps I have to watch stuff on I am betting that I would be fairly content with my broadcast programming. 

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