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DIRECTV has lost and got back Tribune stations due to retrans dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Mike Bertelson

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  2. Drew2k

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    Broadcast stations will not be shut off. DIRECT and Tribune will negotiate a separate agreement for WGN, so the fate of WGN is still in the air.
     
  3. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Why do they negotiate for months? Just wait until 3 days before the contract expires, and get down to it. It always goes to the last minute anyway.
     
  4. Drew2k

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    What I find really interesting is that it's on Saturday that DIRECTV announces it accepted the terms offered on Thursday for the broadcast stations. Says to me that DIRECTV really wanted to have WGN included in the deal along WITH the broadcast stations, but Tribune must really be holding out for a MUCH higher rate for WGN.
     
  5. Old_School

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    I would be willing to bet that they find some way to keep WGN America :)
     
  6. Mike Bertelson

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    Here is the DIRECTV release (Link).

    Mike
     
  7. TBlazer07

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    Just like watching a basketball game. :)
     
  8. Mariah2014

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    Tribune Broadcasting has not reached an agreement or come to terms with DIRECTV on any aspect of its contract, which expires at midnight tonight. Any statement by DIRECTV to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading. DIRECTV subscribers will likely lose WGN-TV at midnight tonight. Click here to tell DIRECTV you want to keep WGN Sports, WGN News, the CW and all your favorite shows. Time is running out!
     
  9. Mariah2014

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    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tribune-statement-on-directv-negotiations-2012-03-31

    Tribune Statement On DirecTV Negotiations

    CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Tribune Broadcasting released the following statement regarding its negotiations with DirecTV:

    "Tribune Broadcasting has not reached an agreement or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of its contract, which expires at midnight tonight. Any statement by DirecTV to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading."

    TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company's broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.

    SOURCE Tribune Broadcasting

    Copyright (C) 2012 PR Newswire. All rights reserved
     
  10. kevinwmsn

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    I agree with the earlier posts on that the local affliates shouldn't get money from providers(D*,E*,ATT,FIOS,local Cable company) for signals that they are giving away for free. The providers put more eyes on the stations, they(local channels) could just get the money from advertisers based on the increased number of viewers.
     
  11. Mike Bertelson

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    Now, that's an interesting development. I wonder where this is leading.

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  12. SParker

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    What a shock I knew they would agree to something. Both parties doing their usual and trying to use us as pawns in their games. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Mariah2014

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    DirecTV, Tribune tussle over deal
    Companies in dispute on carriage agreement as contract deadline nears
    By Cynthia Littleton
    DirecTV and Tribune Broadcasting are sparring over whether the companies have come to a carriage agreement for Tribune's 23 stations.

    DirectTV issued a statement Saturday morning indicating that the sides had reached a deal. But Tribune later disputed that characterization.

    The sides have been in negotiations for the past few days to beat a midnight Saturday expiration of its previous contract.

    The companies have been wrangling for months over a new retransmission consent agreement covering Tribune-owned stations and WGN America to replace a contract that expired at midnight tonight. As of Friday evening, the sides were said to be significantly apart on the fees that Tribune sought in exchange for allowing the satcaster to retransmit its station signals in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington, D.C.....[redacted]
     
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    So, who's misleading who? I have to think that D* wouldn't out a statement saying they have an agreement when they actually didn't. Talk about opening an pandora's box!
     
  15. Mike Bertelson

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    It is odd that DIRECTV would put out a press release and not have actually come to any agreement. Weird.

    Mike
     
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    Hmmm. Interesting development. It looks like the DIRECTV press release says that they agreed to the financial terms proposed by Tribune. That's not the same as Actualy signing an agreement, but usually the signing would closely follow. That is, unless the word financial indicates that there are other non-financial terms that DIRECTV is not agreeing to, that Tribune is still adamant about.
     
  18. Drew2k

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    Is DIRECTV is trying to pressure Tribune on reaching an agreement for WGN by releasing the statement that the broadcast contract is settled?

    Is Tribune reneging on a deal for the broadcast stations?

    Did DIRECTV misunderstand the agreement reached Thursday on the broadcast station?

    Did DIRECTV's marketing arm again release something too soon?
     
  19. adkinsjm

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    It's simple PR in trying to absolve your organization of blame if/when the channels are removed. DirecTV can say, "We agreed to pay you what you wanted, but you now want more."

    Those non-financial consideration could be about subchannels, length of deal, plus WGN America. Tribune Co. likely wants to include WGN America along with the locals and not make it a separate deal.
     
  20. Mariah2014

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    My thinking is that those in charge at Tribune don't want WGN America seperate and this may be a big reason why a deal isn't done and why tribune's statement came out after Directv stated they had a deal.
     

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