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#1 OFFLINE   domingos35



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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

Important notice for DirecTV subscribers

You will lose Fox29 WFLX TV

Raycom Media, this station's parent company, has been in good faith negotiations with DirecTV to ensure the continued availability of this television station and the popular news and entertainment programs you enjoy on DirecTV.

DirecTV has refused Raycom's offer to enter into a contract that would allow continued carriage of this station through June, 2014. Raycom and DirecTV continue negotiations for carriage rights of this station on the DirecTV service.

1. Why would this station be dropped from the DirecTV system?

We've been working to reach a fair agreement with DirecTV that would allow its subscribers to continue receiving our station's signal.

If DirecTV refuses to sign the agreement, however, our station's signal may no longer be available.

2. If DirecTV drops this station, won't DirecTV simply make network programming available from another station?

No. There are rules in place to prevent DirecTV from showing network broadcasts without the local broadcasters' programming. However, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we don't get to that point. If we do, viewers should remember that they can always get our programming over the Web or by using an over-the-air TV antenna.

3. What are my options for getting this station's programming?

Other providers in this market will continue to carry this station without interruption. Alternatively, you can always get this station's programming in a variety of ways:

Our signal is available throughout the area in high-definition for free, with the use of an over-the-air antenna.
Several telecommunications companies also offer television services.
4. Why is this not affecting any other stations in this market?

We certainly can't speak for any other station, but the contract that allows DirecTV to retransmit our programming expired on December 31, 2010. For months, we have attempted to resolve this situation without any interruption for DirecTV subscribers.

DirecTV has refused Raycom's offer to enter into a new contract that would allow continued carriage of this station through June, 2014. Raycom and DirecTV continue negotiations for carriage rights of this station on the DirecTV service.

5. Doesn't this come down to money?

No. Through extensive negotiation and compromise we believe we have reached an agreement with respect to that issue but DirecTV has thus far refused to execute a new agreement with us. When we negotiate these types of agreements we try to come to fair terms on all issues, consistent with our commitment to providing the quality news, weather, sports and entertainment, programming our viewers have come to expect from us over the years.

This station invests millions in this community to produce the kind of local programming and news coverage that makes a difference in people's lives. DirecTV — who is using that content and charging you for it — should agree to fair terms for the right to retransmit our signal.:rolleyes:

Edited by domingos35, 30 January 2011 - 09:20 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:19 AM

Been ongong for a while, since December, not just Florida.

Lots of discussion here.


#3 OFFLINE   dpeters11


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:31 AM

To say "You will lose Fox" is inaccurate to say the least.

#4 OFFLINE   Racer88



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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:49 AM

cOLD in here?

#5 OFFLINE   texasbrit


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:19 AM

It's always about the money, one way or another. The local stations are so desperate for sources of revenue that they are all going after the distribution networks - DirecTV, Dish, cable, we've seen them all running into this problem and it's going to get worse. The business model of many of the stations is starting to fail - they have always been supported by advertising but with the recession many companies have stopped or reduced their advertising so the stations are looking elsewhere. There are many people who believe the local stations should not be allowed to charge at all for their signals - after all, the satellite and cable companies deliver the advertising to a large number of people. And the TV stations don't pay for the bandwidth they use to deliver their local signals, unlike people like the cellular network companies who have to buy the bandwidth for millions of dollars.
If it gets much worse I can see some intervention by the FCC on the horizon. Which would be a pity. I am sure the local channels will come off worst in any scenario like this, and it will serve them right IMHO for being so greedy.

The whole issue of local distribution of network signals is a much bigger question. The network affiliate model is a legacy of a different era; many smaller stations don't do much to justify their existence in the way of local programming.

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