So... I'm watching my local NBC station tonight for Sunday Night Football, and I see a scroll that said essentially that Dish might drop WNCN (my local NBC affiliate) at the end of the month. I don't know if this will happen, but that's not what this thread is about. Of all the affiliates to ask for more money... NBC? Now I know, the parent company (Media General) probably owns other channels and they aren't all NBC so it's a lump negotiation thing... but, with NBC in WAY last place it was funny because outside of Sunday Night Football they really couldn't say much on that scroll about what programs you would miss. BUT... more important than all of that.... a thought struck me. Dish has made a big splash and a big deal about Primetime Anytime and AutoHop and their Hopper model receivers. The thing is... neither of those features hold any value IF Dish drops your LiLs! So while the networks are fighting Dish in court over the commercial skip stuff... it struck me that Dish has kind of put themselves in a weird place with their future LiL negotiations. IF they drop LiLs over carriage fees, then the advantage of the Hopper features they tout most go away at the same time! It kind of behooves Dish now to NOT drop your LiL, and to not play hardball with them.... NBC not withstanding of course I wonder if anyone at Dish has realized this yet? If not... they might become aware of it if they do lose any major LiLs for long.