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Press Release - DISH Network Statement Regarding Petition on Retrans Filed with FCC


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#1 OFFLINE   Jason Nipp

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:10 AM

DISH Network Statement Regarding Petetion on Retrans Files with FCC


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – March 9, 2010 – DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), issued the following statement regarding recent developments in the retransmission consent process:
“The retransmission consent process is badly in need of modernization. If the FCC allows rules from the early 1990s to continue to distort the new video marketplace, consumer harm will accelerate at an even faster pace. Innocent Americans are increasingly missing out on their favorite TV shows when negotiations break down, and pay-TV services have no choice but to pass on price increases – some broadcasters have demanded increases as high as 400 percent – forced onto them by broadcasters.”

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DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), provides more than 14.1 million satellite TV customers, as of March 1, 2010, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the ViP® 722 HD DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine “Editors’ Choice.” DISH Network Corporation is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com, follow on Twitter, @dishnetwork (www.twitter.com/dishnetwork), or become a Fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dishnetwork.

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#2 OFFLINE   nmetro

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 10:22 AM

The NAB and over the air broadcasters need to be reigned it. They forget that the frequencies they used are owned by the public, not by Viacom, Disney, NBC Universal, etc. The excuse NAB uses that the retransmission fees are to provide local news, public affairs programming and new weather technology is certainly stretching the truth. Isn't what commercials are for? Also, a number of local stations air infomercials during the day and night, with almost no public affairs programming. Much of their schedules are syndicated programming. This leaves just news casts as the bulk of the local programming. In Denver, one station has "Rocky Mountain Getaways", a tourism show, another station covers the annual "Parade of Lights", one other carries the "Boulder Boulder" Memorial Day Race plus the "Greeley Stampeed" independence Day parade. That is it for locally produced programming; the PBS stations produce much more.

So, for broadcasters to deny distant signals, or hold signals hostage, fro more revenue is a joke on the American people. Americans are being forced to pay for something that is suppose to be free. The cable and satellite companies should not be forced to pay fro something that is free, either. The FCC can learn a lot from Canada, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission allows for their television stations to be delivered to anyone in Canada. If you live in Toronto and want to watch a TV station in Vancouver; you can do it. The CRTC also allows the transmission of ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS from Buffalo, Detroit and Seattle to be sent across Canada, as well. Cable and satellite companies are allowed to do this in Canada, but why not here? Why? Like everything else in this country, someone has to make money off of it; greed plain and simple.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 04:04 PM

Because this apparently was a joint move by almost all the cable companies and the two satellite providers, I've started a thread for further general discussion under the Regulatory area: Retransmission fee disputes - satellite and cable join forces

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

The NAB and over the air broadcasters need to be reigned it. They forget that the frequencies they used are owned by the public, not by Viacom, Disney, NBC Universal, etc. The excuse NAB uses that the retransmission fees are to provide local news, public affairs programming and new weather technology is certainly stretching the truth. Isn't what commercials are for? Also, a number of local stations air infomercials during the day and night, with almost no public affairs programming. Much of their schedules are syndicated programming. This leaves just news casts as the bulk of the local programming. In Denver, one station has "Rocky Mountain Getaways", a tourism show, another station covers the annual "Parade of Lights", one other carries the "Boulder Boulder" Memorial Day Race plus the "Greeley Stampeed" independence Day parade. That is it for locally produced programming; the PBS stations produce much more.

So, for broadcasters to deny distant signals, or hold signals hostage, fro more revenue is a joke on the American people. Americans are being forced to pay for something that is suppose to be free. The cable and satellite companies should not be forced to pay fro something that is free, either. The FCC can learn a lot from Canada, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission allows for their television stations to be delivered to anyone in Canada. If you live in Toronto and want to watch a TV station in Vancouver; you can do it. The CRTC also allows the transmission of ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS from Buffalo, Detroit and Seattle to be sent across Canada, as well. Cable and satellite companies are allowed to do this in Canada, but why not here? Why? Like everything else in this country, someone has to make money off of it; greed plain and simple.


None of our stations do public affairs shows anymore. But there's lots of infomercials on at night.

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