A lot of the problem with greedy stations are the subrscribers themselves. A couple of years ago, Time Warner did not work out an agrement with the NFL network. Here in San Antonio, a lot of Cowboys fans were very upset because they would not be able to watch two of the Cowboys games. So many of them jumped ship, and signed on with Satelitte.
It seems the NFL network wanted a ridiculous amount of money for just eight games. NFL wanted it to be like ESPN where everyone gets it and pays for it, as to where TW wanted to include it in their sports package.
I'm wondering if they will pull a "Quien es mas macho (Who's got the bigger balls), and D* will pull out. I'm wondering who has more to lose. I'm guessing that subrscribers will pull out their antennas instead of boycotting Belo. If so, the broadcasters greed will continue and subrscribers will continue to have their rates raised every year and everytime a contract expires.
But hopefully they'll meet somewhere in the middle, and come to an agreement.
When Time Warner and Comcast swapped areas a few years ago, DFW became a TW cable area. I left TW cable and switched to satellite partially for the same reason, they dropped NFL Network. Not to mention no NHL Network or very much HD programming at the time. TW cable used the same, we are doing this for our subscribers, fighting the high cost propaganda.
In the DFW area, we will lose our ABC affiliate, which hardly impacts sports I mainly watch (NFL & NHL). Using my OTA DVR will be my solution for other shows we watch. Although I still prefer it doesn't happen, because its easier to have all recorded programs on my DIRECTV DVR.