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Dish vs Media General 6/30 deadline extended to 9/30... Now what?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by FTA Michael, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. FTA Michael

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    The Southwest Times of SW Virginia says that Dish is still trying to work a deal with Media General's 17 stations before a June 30 deadline.
    http://www.southwesttimes.com/2013/06/wsls-channel-10-threatens-to-block-dish-customers/
    TV Predictions agrees.
    http://www.tvpredictions.com/dish062713.htm

    According to TV Predictions, here are the affected stations:

    WVTM Birmingham AL
    [SIZE=10pt]WKRG Mobile AL[/SIZE]
    WFLA Tampa FL
    WJBF Augusta GA
    WRBL Columbus GA
    WSAV Savannah GA
    WHLT Hattiesburg MS
    [SIZE=10pt]WJTV Jackson MS[/SIZE]
    WNCN Goldsboro NC
    WNCT & WSPA Greenville NC
    WJAR Providence RI
    WCBD Charleston SC
    WBTW Myrtle Beach SC
    [SIZE=10pt]WJHL Johnson City TN[/SIZE]
    WCMH Columbus OH
    WSLS Roanoke VA (not "WSLA" as stated)
     
  2. oljim

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    Dish customers should call the people that buy adds on the TV station, they are spending the same money for a 30 second add but dish customers will no longer see it.
    This will make think about where the real money comes from
     
  3. RBA

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    Ho hum another DISH dispute. June 30th stations go dark. By July 14 th one of the 2 caves in and everything is back to normal. Smart customers have installed a TV antenna and didn't really see any problem.
     
  4. scooper

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    +1

    I do watch OTA as well as Dish....
     
  5. jacksonm30354

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    WNCT is Greenville, NC
    WSPA is Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
     
  6. inkahauts

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    As I said when dtv dealt with tribune. Shut them down and make the other side cave. There shouldn't even be fees for over the air.
     
  7. redsoxfan26

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    I just saw a crawl at the bottom of my screen saying they have extended a deal for another 90 days. So in three months we can do this all again.
     
  8. tombo114

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    You realize that SCAM DIGITAL OTA signals do not travel as far as the old ANALOG OTA so your suggestion for those people just to put up an OTA xhannels is malarkey, since MANY people who before could get ANALLOG OTA channels cant get nothing OTA since the bogus digital the FCC allowed signal does not travel as far.

    All this is babysteps to elimanating OTA all together, by 2020 you will either need cable or Satellite or ISP deliveed for locals, since they are being phased out
     
  9. SayWhat?

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    Raycom Broadcasting and Mediacom cable are fussin' at each other too (unless they settled today).
     
  10. kenglish

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    Where did you get all that stuff about Digital not working as well as analog? I know of places where they get reliable digital TV at well over a hundred miles. The biggest difference is between the "slops all over everywhere" nature of low-band VHF analog signals, and the "line of sight" nature of UHF channels (which many digital signals are, now).

    As for the government and the broadband industry trying to eliminate OTA TV altogether............I agree with you, 100%.
     
  11. Stewart Vernon

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    Resurrecting this topic from the dead... since the 90 day extension has now expired.

    Last I looked, I still had WNCN on my receiver... but haven't heard if there has been another extension OR if we are just waiting for the shoe to drop.
     
  12. Stewart Vernon

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    Apparently the takedown happened around 2:00am EDT. I wasn't watching then to know for sure, but WNCN is gone and replaced with a slate saying Media General wants 4x the money and doesn't want to accept an offer from Dish to pay what their competitors are paying and did not agree to let Dish continue having the channel while they talk.

    Will this last? Who knows... but I assume the other Media General owned channels went dark at the same time.
     
  13. festivus

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    WCMH in Columbus is now off.

    Not a big deal to me since I have an antenna in my attic and I can get the signal OTA. But of course the guide does not show the correct programming. I wish that Dish could figure out a way to have the guide correct for the OTA channels when this type of thing happens.
     
  14. Stewart Vernon

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    There is no "figuring out a way"... Dish has no motivation to help the OTA station when they are in a dispute... so they don't. Dish could uplink EPG data if they wanted... although as James described in another thread, the data does take bandwidth so they can't just go nuts with the data... but it isn't a matter of being unable to keep EPG data, it is a matter of being unwilling.
     
  15. inkahauts

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    I'd think puttin the data in would put more pressure on the channel because the consumer wouldn't even know the difference for the most part if they are using over the air.
     
  16. festivus

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    Well, if Dish could show the guide data for the OTA channel and they choose not to do so, it's kinda infantile, isn't it? It's not going to stop anyone from getting around it with a manual timer. It just makes it inconvenient.

    Now I'm mad at Dish.
     
  17. FTA Michael

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  18. hasbeen29650

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    I am one of those impacted by this mess. Any chance of getting a free OTA adapter from Dish. It would go a long way to allowing me to say, hold out for ever Dish.
     
  19. scooper

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    Doesn't your TV have a built in OTA ATSC tuner ?
     
  20. Stewart Vernon

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    Usually I find that BOTH sides in these kinds of disputes do things that are "infantile"... Both sides end up negotiating from a point of "I'll take my ball and go home"... which is, frankly, their prerogative to do so... but it doesn't win any friends.

    I'm for stations asking for whatever they can get... and I'm for Dish trying to pay as little as they can get away with... and while I'm affected by this particular dispute, I hold fast to my "let it go dark if that is what it takes" mantra. Whether it is a channel I watch or don't watch... I'm ok... I do wish these companies would learn to do these negotiations better.

    I mean... Media General wants to be carried by Dish... Dish wants to carry these LiLs... they should be able to agree on something without throwing tantrums, name-calling, starting "be my friend but not THEIR friend" Web sites, etc. etc.
     

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