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    Switzerland is doing away with over-the-air TV

    Rabbit ears and other TV antennas could be useless in Switzerland before too long.

    The Swiss government has given the country’s public broadcaster approval to turn off its digital terrestrial TV (known as over-the-air to most people) by the end of 2019. It will be the first nation in Europe to do so.

    Most Swiss have high speed broadband internet connections and cable networks in their homes, so the move is unlikely to affect many citizens. Only 1.9% of the population, about 64,000 people, reportedly take advantage of the service that’s being discontinued.

    Other European nations are expected to follow Switzerland’s lead in the next 10 to 15 years. And while many Americans believe the right to free, over-the-air broadcasts are protected, that’s not quite as cut and dry as it might seem.
    http://fortune.com/2018/09/06/switze...l-tv-shutdown/
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    How many people watch OTA television in Switzerland?

    The terrain there is extremely, incredibly rough.
    I am guessing most people ditched the antenna years ago due to coverage issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyE1977 View Post
    How many people watch OTA television in Switzerland?
    64,000, or 1.9 percent of the population, it says right in the story. These are probably the poorest, oldest, and least tech-savvy of the Swiss, which means the advertisers don't care if they can't watch.

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    Considering the Swiss have a decent social "safety net" as compared to the US and internet is arguably just as cheap or cheaper than the US (unlimited mobile broadband with fast enough speed to watch streaming videos can be had for about $25-35), I wouldn't consider this a huge loss...

    Actually, I'd probably the only folks who don't have internet or satellite/cable in Switzerland are probably the types who generally speaking do not watch much if any TV...so out of the 64,000 who rely on OTA TV, I'd imagine only 10% of that number are folks who regularly watch OTA TV.

    So, 7,000 Swiss stretched over a geographically challenging land is not a huge issue for the public broadcaster. With the costs saved in shutting off the network, they could arguably get those 7,000 Swiss free broadband or low-optioned cable and still come out on top -- not having to pay engineers, tower maintenance/rent, equipment, power consumption.

    Wise move, you crafty Swiss. Now please, legalize auto racing in your country...after you've done that, come to the US and show us folks a thing or two about "gun control"
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    Quote Originally Posted by seattlesarchiebunker View Post
    Considering the Swiss have a decent social "safety net" as compared to the US and internet is arguably just as cheap or cheaper than the US (unlimited mobile broadband with fast enough speed to watch streaming videos can be had for about $25-35), I wouldn't consider this a huge loss...

    Actually, I'd probably the only folks who don't have internet or satellite/cable in Switzerland are probably the types who generally speaking do not watch much if any TV...so out of the 64,000 who rely on OTA TV, I'd imagine only 10% of that number are folks who regularly watch OTA TV.

    So, 7,000 Swiss stretched over a geographically challenging land is not a huge issue for the public broadcaster. With the costs saved in shutting off the network, they could arguably get those 7,000 Swiss free broadband or low-optioned cable and still come out on top -- not having to pay engineers, tower maintenance/rent, equipment, power consumption.

    Wise move, you crafty Swiss. Now please, legalize auto racing in your country...after you've done that, come to the US and show us folks a thing or two about "gun control"
    And about how to stay out of wars by acting as banker/financier for both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seattlesarchiebunker View Post
    after you've done that, come to the US and show us folks a thing or two about "gun control"
    Already have.

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    They maintain firm grips with both hands.

    Advertisers? What are those, SRG SSR is their license-supported public broadcaster?
    The article is NOT about any private broadcqasters which may or may not exist.3
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