Utility Meter Reading and the Realization of Two-Way Communications

Author(s): H. J. Moeller
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 97 - 106
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00702



Cable TV now serves about 7% of the TV sets in the nation. To increase this to more than 10%, something must be offered urban-subscribers which is not on individual antennas. Distant signals certainly will boost the penetration, but there are reasons to doubt that this alone could put CATV into the 20 million subscriber category. Closed-circuit programing by tape, film, microwave or satellite interconnection seems to be necessary but undeveloped. Feasibility is determined by what added capital costs are needed to be amortized annually to acquire the meter reading revenue and what is realistic to expect the utility industries to pay for a CATV operator. Revenue from specialized communication services could be great enough to lower CATV rates, with consequent increased penetration and an improved position for offering closed-circuit material at compensating extra charges.