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Retrans to go sky high

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Paul Secic, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    That would take a major shift in the way affiliate and syndication contracts are written ... or all the restricted content would need to be blacked out.
     
  2. sregener

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    First of all, the only laws that prohibit this are those relating to copyright and enforcement of legally binding contracts. The networks are the ones who own the copyrights for their programming, and they create legally binding contracts with the affiliates to prevent them from selling outside their DMA.

    But the loss of local advertising revenue, particularly in smaller markets, is why this wouldn't be pursued. If you're in a big market, sure, you stand to gain a lot by selling your channel to smaller areas. The small market stations would cease to exist.
     
  3. gov

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    My state capital DMA is smaller than the DMA I am located in.

    And I was careful to 'dangle' a financial carrot (I am willing to buy, $$$) as that seems to be a STRONG motivator these days for station owners.

    I used to live in Rockford, Illinois. I'd like locals from there too.

    {ka-ching, $$$$}


    There is money to made here.


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  4. david_jr

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    And then there are those of us assigned to an out of state DMA with no in state locals. I certainly would not pay extra for the in state locals, but would be happy to be able to choose an in state option. I certainly don't think my DMA locals would approve that either unless forced by FCC or congress. It seems retrans agreements were a good idea in theory, but once the stations realized a potential new source of revenue they quickly set about to kill the golden goose. Like most government intervention there are unintended and unforseen consequences.
     
  5. mwdxer

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    Yes, I would love to beable to sub to different markets. The Canadians can do that. They get a basic package with their satellite services of TV stations from coast to coast. They must have different laws up there. Many people do not have the option of OTA TV as they live too far from the TV stations. Even if they don't, they cannot always get all of the TV stations in that market. I am lucky here with translators, but often in our Winter storms they can be off for a time.
     
  6. TBoneit

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    Come to NJ via Satellite or Cable Most Local stations are NYC or Philadelphia. There are a few small stations in state, Mainly Non English Language stations.

    You would think a State with as larger a population as NJ would have lots of stations but no.
     
  7. Laxguy

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    Possibly an historical reason, as Philly blanketed the South and NYC the North parts of the state first with radio then with OTA TV. Not so much room for Newark or Trenton to compete.
     
  8. TBoneit

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    Sadly true, However As a state we still seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to NJ news.

    Go out west to Davenport, Ia, Des Moines, Ia and other cities in Iowa and they have stations in state and they are much less populated.
     
  9. david_jr

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    True


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  10. SeaBeagle

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    If this were possible I would love to subscribe to as many local markets as I could and nothing else.
     
  11. sregener

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    The broadcast spectrum does not increase with population density. With two very large media markets based on cities right on the border of your state, I believe the correct response to "permission to construct a broadcast tower" is "Negative, Ghostrider. The pattern is full."

    Having lived in eastern PA and now in the upper Midwest, I don't think you have much to complain about. The quality and quantity of stations in your area dwarves anything in Iowa.
     
  12. gov

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    And even in southwest Iowa, unfortunately, we are stuck in a DMA based in Nebraska, and they are loathe to cover Iowa state governance.

    And folks in South Sioux City Nebraska have a similar complaint about being stuck in an Iowa based DMA.


    We even note the occasional weather alert that stops right at the state line. Grrrr.
     
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Welcome, James! Do you live part time down under?
     
  14. Paul Secic

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    That's not happeing….
     
  15. mwdxer

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    Unfortunately we will not have access to most other markets in the US. I consider ourselves lucky to have the Super Stations and most have local news.
     
  16. SeaBeagle

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    Unfortunately we will not have access to most other markets in the US. I consider ourselves lucky to have the Super Stations and most have local news.


    True for those that subscribed to the superstations before these were no longer offered. I have now 9 stations besides my local stations. Makes it a total of 20 stations.
     
  17. david_jr

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    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_24712718/berkshire-lamakers-seek-federal-help-reverse-necn-decision?IADID=Search-www.berkshireeagle.com-www.berkshireeagle.com

    Interesting article in today's Berkshire Eagle regarding Time Warner Cable's decision to remove New England Cable News network from its Bershire County customers. Lawmakers including Sen Warren, Sen. Markey and State Rep Richard Neal are reportedly outraged that Berkshire County will now be completely cut off from in state news and are calling for having the county moved by the FCC from its current DMA in Albany, NY to an in state DMA so they can get their capital's news. Funny they were never concerned about us satellite folks as my emails to our reps have gone either unanswered or I get a reply saying it is not their jurisdiction. I'll be curious to see how this one plays out.
     

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