01.13.2010 03:00 PM
Broadcasters Promote Free TV

WASHINGTON: The National Association of Broadcasters has produced a TV spot informing viewers of discussions in Washington that could limit free, over-the-air broadcast television. The 30-second spot, produced in English and Spanish, was distributed via satellite in late December and has been airing on local stations this month. The TV spot comes on the heels of several third-party filings submitted to the Federal Communications Commission calling for the reallocation of broadcast spectrum for new wireless broadband devices.

“Following NAB’s historic campaign to educate Americans on the benefits of the government-mandated digital TV transition, we feel it is equally important to ensure our viewers are aware of proposals in Washington now aimed at limiting free and local DTV service,” said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. “We remain committed to a dialogue with policymakers and legislators on how to best serve the needs of the American people for fast Internet access without jeopardizing digital TV’s promised potential for millions of TV viewers.”

The full script of the 30 second spot reads: “It’s our connection to our community. It’s our lifeline to the emergency information we need. It’s a free service that provides free entertainment.

“But one day soon, it could be taken away. There’s a movement among special interest groups to limit free antenna TV, and millions of Americans who depend on it would lose out.

“Always free, always local. Let’s tell Congress to keep free antenna TV as part of our communications future.”

The English and Spanish-language spot, provided to stations in both high-definition and standard-definition quality, can be viewed online in WMV format.-- from TV Technology

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 01-13-2010 06:07 PM Report Comment
Well it is a start! There are millions though who do not know what Antenna TV is. All they know is a black cable that come from the wall or poll. These people only thik that is the way to watch TV and then pay a bill. The NAB should be educating these groups and tell them the choices they an get with Free Over the Air Antenna DTV.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Mon, 01-18-2010 10:38 PM Report Comment
I have never had anything but antenna TV. I got 20+ channels before the digital converter box and now get more. Why are "special interest" groups able to take away our public rights. We should be able to watch tv without having to pay. We should be able to turn on our battery opperated tv set in a black out or storm and get the necessary information. I was not happy that the analog tv was taken from us. I can't believe after all the money our government spent on converter box coupons that they would consider some "special interest" group that is trying to limit free antenna TV. I'm sure these people don't even think about those of us that don't have $50+ in our budget to pay for cable or dish or what a hardship this would be. That many of us cannot comprehend having to pay to watch the evening news or a gameshow. Let us take back the airwaves and make sure they belong to the public and not to "special interest" groups. Millions of Americans depend on antenna TV and will lose out. Let us make sure that everyone has the choice to watch free antenna TV.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Sun, 02-28-2010 09:09 AM Report Comment
Will our children pledge allegiance to the UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA? This country is supposed to be a Government of the people for the people and by the people not a corporate dictatorship.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 02-02-2010 01:38 AM Report Comment
Screw those special interest groups. I don't have the money to pay a huge cable bill every month. We had to get those digital boxes to continue watching TV, now they want to take that away from us. I thought we lived in America, where we have a democracy. It's turning into a dictatorship fast. I wish I could tell whoever thought of this where to stick this idea.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Mon, 02-01-2010 01:04 PM Report Comment
If they take away free broadcast tv we will not watch television. I refuse to have cable. I will not pay to watch television.
Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 09-02-2014 02:14 AM Report Comment
I would like to keep free TV I'm a senior and can't afford cable or dish Give us one thing we can enjoy with out cost ...We know you want the air for cable, cell phones and internet .. Let us keep Antenna TV...

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