[mythtv-users] OT Superbowl and Direct TV, 2 separate items.

MacNean Tyrrell dardack at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 13:30:23 UTC 2008

On Feb 9, 2008 8:16 AM, Chris Pinkham <cpinkham at bc2va.org> wrote:

> * On Sat Feb 09, 2008 at 06:47:15AM -0500, Bruce Taber wrote:
> > Nah, I don't buy this argument. If that were the case why do they
> > shutdown the churches and places that get groups of people to go out and
> > sit through the entire game?
> Probably because they have no way of knowing how many people
> are there and can only count it as one household as far as
> the advertisers are concerned.  And possibly because if those
> people are sitting at church watching the game on the projector
> and 20-foot screen, then they're not at home in front of their
> Neilson (sic?) box.

The law they are using is kinda out dated.  The federal law says 55" or
smaller and exempts sports bars.  Now this kills me why exempt people making
money off the game but not the church who is just trying to attract people
that normally might not go to church or who haven't gone in awhile, but
don't make money off the game.  Second I quote NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy:
  "We have no objection to churches and others hosting Super Bowl parties as
long as they . . . show the game on a television of the type commonly used
at home," he said. "It is a matter of copyright law."  I know more and more
people with screens bigger than 55".  My dad uses a projector on his
basement wall for HD content.  So with TV's getting bigger and bigger that
the average consumer can buy (didn't CES have some 150" plasma's on display
this year?) I think the 55" is outdated.

As far as the counting argument, that's what happens now anyways.  How many
of you know people who go to superbowl parties? (That's how the superbowl
didn't get recorded in my house, doh)  That only counts as 1 household.  I
guess you could say the church can hold more, but Bars can too and are they
able to count how many in a bar for advertsing?

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