I guess I was lucky with Hearst, as I didn't need to do this, but wanted to.
I just emailed this:
Stop trying to extort money from directv. And you know very well that $5 a month they charge for locals includes the fiber line to their uplink facility which aint cheap, as well as the equipment to rebroadcast your station which is operating on public airwaves. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to mislead your customers like that. And no, I dont work for DirecTv, but Im sick of my bills going up because of stations like yours.
in reference to the misleading info on their website which made it sound as if DirecTv was collecting $5 a month from customers to watch their free station.... If others were to email them, they might get the message, and when its your stations turn, they might think twice.
I had the notice being displayed and tried their website [per their message], but they had nothing but a story about this from Dec. 12th. I figured they might/should have had a place to post, but they didn't.
Not sure why DirecTV is even being charged for what is received from them OTA [in this market].
I can understand costs for fiber links etc., but for DirecTV to be simply "my antenna" and me being below the FCC minimum signal level, unless DirecTV were to not air all the commercials from this station, I really can't find a reason for charging a fee to retransmit their signal. The station simply gets more viewers to what they are broadcasting over the air.
This is the same station that won't issue waivers for those like me that can't get their signal with a large antenna and TVfool shows their signal power is -122.6 dBm.
They seem to want their cake, eat it too, and then charge DirecTV [us] also.