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HDTV in Germany: Lack of Innovation Management Leads to Market Failure

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  • Georg Erber
  • Sven Heitzler

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High definition television may now be poised for a breakthrough in Germany. Unfortunately, in the area of private free-TV, broadcasters and network operators are still blocking each other. Market participants hope to leverage encryption and digital rights management as sources of long-term profits. This, however, may come at the expense of television viewers. Despite the start of regular HDTV operations by public broadcasters, only a few consumers are currently in a position to actually receive high definition television. The government should facilitate a rapid resolution to the current standoff and ensure effective monitoring of competition by implementing new standards.

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Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal Weekly Report.

Volume (Year): 6 (2010)
Issue (Month): 28 ()
Pages: 215-222

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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr6-28

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