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Hearst Owned Stations Carriage May Be Discontinued

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    dlt

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    Miller

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    This really irkes me and not because of Directv. Why is it they can charge Directv (or whoever) more every year, which means they charge me to watch their programming yet I can pick it up for free with antenna. I am over these companies causing my bill to go up every year. WGAL is the local station I watch the most and I say pull them instead of paying more.
     
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    cariera

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    All it will take to stop these local affiliates from holding satellite companies like Dish and Directv hostage (or more appropriately holding the subscribers of Dish and Directv), is a change in the law to make the LA or NY feeds of networks available to anyone, anywhere when the local affiliate pulls its feed.

    Then instead of the satellite companies having to pony up some $$$$, the local affiliates would be begging for carriage to keep their local ad revenue rolling in.:)
     
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    SamC

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    In all of these situations, it is important to remember that the Fortnightly case was rightly decided by the Supreme Court, and that Congress mucked the thing up.

    Local TV stations should not be entitled to money for retransmission. That simple. Congress needs to fix its mess.
     
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    I guess I better call Comcast to set up an appt towards the end of the year, just in case. I sure would hate to wake up Jan 1st and not have an NBC station to be able to watch unless they can set me up for NBC out of NY until this mess is settled
     
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    1980ws

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    Why no antenna? Get one now and enjoy the sub-channels in your area.
     
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    Miller

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    All you need are rabbit ears if you are in Lancaster.

    I really don't understand how these stations can charge to reach customers they already reach for free. Say they are out of antenna range, they are still getting customers they wouldn't get so that is more advertising money. I hope Directv holds their ground on this one.


    I thought I saw something where Sat companies can offer next market over locals like cable companies can. Will directv ever offer this?
     
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    braven

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    Ugh, channel disputes was one of the things I don't miss about Dish Notwork. Hopefully DIRECTV and Hearst can come to a resolution. Sucks when billionaires can't play nice.

    Oh and I will never be a Concast or Dish subscriber again.
     
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    radkamp

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    Thanks everyone. I will invest in an antenna
     
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    cnmurray8

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    WMUR In Manchester, NH had a scroll on the bottom of the news last night about this same issue. They are a Hearst station.
     
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    No - for the same reason, as part of the retransmission of local channels, the local channels are putting in the contract that they're not allowed to offer 'next market over'...
     
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    Wonder if Cincinnati's WLWT is in the same boat. I'd not only need an antenna, but an AM21 as well.

    I've confirmed that WLWT is included, likely all Hearst channels but I didn't see anything on WLWT's website with a notice. I got this from the General Manager.

    Mods, I've noticed two threads dealing with this at least, both have titles for a specific city. It might be helpful to have everything combined in one thread with a general Hearst title.
     
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    wallybarthman

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    I think an AM21 is a great investment when this stuff happens. Sub channels and neighboring markets plus built in coverage during carriage disputes.
     
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    jdspencer

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    We in the Binghamton DMA can sympathize a little.

    On 11/23 our locals were turned on, including CBS and The CW. But this lasted one day and they were pulled down due to negotiation problems with Granite Broadcasting. Actually, they probably shouldn't have been up in the first place. :)
     
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    Mariah2014

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    Directv is starting to sound and act a lot like dish network lately. A lot of local stations are about to get hit in different markets not all with the same parent company. Plus the talk of trying alacart/drop some of the sports stations (comcast ones seem to be ones they want to do this too.)
     
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    n3ntj

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    I can get WGAL OTA no problem, so if it's dropped, no issues here.
     
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    Local station WPBF 25 ABC in West Palm Beach, Fl. is flashing a Red Banner on their newscasts stating that effective Jan. 1, 2011, they may no longer be carried on Directv.

    http://www.wpbf.com/news/26100398/detail.html

    Affects many Hearst stations including WESH in Orlando, Fl.

    While these things usually work themselves out, FOX and Cablevision went weeks without a carriage agreement. Time to dust off the rabbit ears or maybe grab an AM21 just in case.
     
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    mdavej

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    HERE are the affected stations.
     
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    Maruuk

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    D* doesn't even bother to give us HD LILs in the Monterey/Salinas, CA DMA, so I suppose the loss of local ch. 8 wouldn't make any difference unless they won't even let me tune it on my AM21 and record it. They wouldn't go THAT far would they???
     
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    Just in time for NFL playoffs and bowl games.
     
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