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    We are in agreement. Let's call CBS's and Fox's bluff. We'll see how their local affiliates react if they stop over the air broadcasts. Screw them!
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    @PNWest

    The case is before the highest court in the country. As much as it has to have taken to get there, I don't see where anyone's bluffing.

    If the big networks move to cable, it'll open up some big possibilities for what are now local stations. I see lots more independant programing becomming available.
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    @Thunderchicken If it happens I see the TV frequencies being used for something other than broadcast television. The future is coming on faster and faster.
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    @PNWest If the broadcast waves are freed up I can see the cell phone companies going after them as one possibility. Another would be the internet providers looking at that band-width too.
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    ;-)

    doesn't matter to me either I don't watch TV... I sure as hell wouldn't pay a fee to watch the crap they have on TV
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    I quit watching broadcast television and cable almost a year ago. I watch everything on the internet now.

    I find I watch a lot less over all, because I only select the programs that I truly want to watch, and I am not hassled by a disgusting amount of ads.
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    You ain't kidding. I tried to watch "The Following" last night, and could barely keep up with the storyline when it seemed they ran about 4 minutes of show followed by 5 minutes of commercials. Better to wait until it comes out on Netflix or something so you can not only follow the story, but do it in half the time.
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    @Knightkore Though Duck Dynasty and NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles and Two Broke Girls and Big Bang Theory and Doctor Who are all pretty cool.....
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    @CaryNickel You have that right. I seldom watch network TV and never watch it live. It's why God made DVR's so we would not have to suffer through all those inane commercials.
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    There are SOME good programs.'24' was one of them. Ironically, though on Fox, it was a program that probably conditioned the American Public to having a Black President. It is coming back this fall. I wonder if this time they'll feature a shrewish woman President, to condition the American Public to Hillary Clinton (and Willy Wanker) as President. Can you just picture Willy Wanker at the Intern Factory again? While Hillary is away on Affairs of State, Willy Wanker would be conducting his own Affairs of 'Sate'.
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    @GedankPol
    For me, my "can't miss " is, Tom Selleck's, "Blue Bloods."
    As for comedies, I am growing fond of J.K.Simmons', "Growing Up Fisher."
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    @GedankPol I like The Walking Dead and Parenthood. My other show is Homeland, but I'm not sure if it will continue since Brody died.
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    The networks should be more concern with Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV etc...I can't stand watching regular broadcast television...it's mostly just crappy commercials...I figure you can skip over them with Aereo ...but you still don't have much of a selection.....I think the court should rule in Aereo favor, though...anything sent through the air should be free and allowed to be received
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    I watch a mix of cable and streaming media...Netflix and Amazon, plus what I download myself.

    I haven't watched "broadcast" networks in years and couldn't care less about all the sitcoms or reality TV shows either. The only thing I watch on my local ABC affiliate is the local news.

    My nephew cut his cords a while back and he loves it this way. Hulu is good too. I can DVR what I like. I still watch Syfy and I like "Vikings" on History.
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    Remember when we had several oil companies and gas war's. I like competition but it seems like consolidation is having a negative effect on honest competition.
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    The problem is with rural homes, they can not get road runner or unlimited internet data use, so they can not utilize the internet as well without huge data costs. I hope they start rolling out cable to more rural areas.
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    I think this is the best op-ed on any topic I have read anyplace. It explains the situation clearly, explains the arguments the various sides have, and it becomes clear why this should be allowed and is everyone's best interest. I knew of Aereo's existence but did not really understand what all of the benefits were either as a consumer or to the nation as a whole. I hope that Congress decides to stop TV broadcasting except on cable or thru Aero. That would be best for the country.
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    Consumers should be reimbursed for the the amount of advertising the networks jam into a half hour broadcast. Back in the 70s and 80s a half hour show contained maybe 5 minutes of commercial interruptions. Today an average episode of Friends or Seinfeld contains 15 minutes of commercial interruptions. Even worse is commercial interruptions are broadcast at higher base level volumes.

    Broadcast televison lost my interest long ago. Heck, with the amount of commercial interruptions broadcasters should be paying viewers. What anyone would pay $100 a month for Satalite or Cable television is mystery to me. Especially when you tally the amount spent over ten years. Spending an average $1000 a year over ten years totaling $10,000 to have your life manipulated by brodcasters is money wasted in my opinion. I think it's time we the American people join forces and stop paying for Broadcast Television. Television overall was once much more enjoyable when it was free.
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    The author assumes that networks moving to cable would free up spectrum for other uses.

    He assumes local broadcasters will give up *their* rights to the spectrum. No local news, local weather or local programming OTA? I seriously doubt that.

    I wager you would see a lot of syndicated programming filling the gaps left behind by network programming instead.
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    re:“Essentially it's the same as having an antenna on your TV with a DVR, except it costs a lot less...”

    Aereo doesn’t cost less than putting up your own antenna.

    Paying $8 a month in perpetuity vs. paying $150 for a good antenna (less if you are an urban dweller)... your antenna pays for itself in a year and a half, tops. Add an HDDVR for another $150-200 and you stretch it to just over 3 years.

    City dwellers will spend a lot less than $150 for an antenna, FWIW.

    But people today are somewhat ignorant about what is needed to pick up OTA TV signals, and companies like Aereo are there to take advantage of them.
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    This is a total bluff by the broadcasters.If it benefited them to switch to cable they would have done it years ago.Truth is they wouldn't have the viewers or commercial revenue and if they stop the ota someone else would just buy the spectrum and broadcast in their place.They simply see someone else making money off of their signal after it has been broadcast and they are trying to get a piece of the revenue by using threats because they have nothing else.
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