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DIRECTV has lost and got back Tribune stations due to retrans dispute


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#151 OFFLINE   Mike Bertelson

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:09 PM

http://www.marketwat...ions-2012-03-31

Tribune Statement On DirecTV Negotiations

CHICAGO, March 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Tribune Broadcasting released the following statement regarding its negotiations with DirecTV:

"Tribune Broadcasting has not reached an agreement or come to terms with DirecTV on any aspect of its contract, which expires at midnight tonight. Any statement by DirecTV to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading."

TRIBUNE is one of the country's leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company's broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago's WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience.

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Now, that's an interesting development. I wonder where this is leading.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:10 PM

What a shock I knew they would agree to something. Both parties doing their usual and trying to use us as pawns in their games. :rolleyes:

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:19 PM

http://www.variety.c...le/VR1118052128
DirecTV, Tribune tussle over deal
Companies in dispute on carriage agreement as contract deadline nears
By Cynthia Littleton
DirecTV and Tribune Broadcasting are sparring over whether the companies have come to a carriage agreement for Tribune's 23 stations.

DirectTV issued a statement Saturday morning indicating that the sides had reached a deal. But Tribune later disputed that characterization.

The sides have been in negotiations for the past few days to beat a midnight Saturday expiration of its previous contract.

The companies have been wrangling for months over a new retransmission consent agreement covering Tribune-owned stations and WGN America to replace a contract that expired at midnight tonight. As of Friday evening, the sides were said to be significantly apart on the fees that Tribune sought in exchange for allowing the satcaster to retransmit its station signals in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington, D.C.....[redacted]

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

Now, that's an interesting development. I wonder where this is leading.

Mike


So, who's misleading who? I have to think that D* wouldn't out a statement saying they have an agreement when they actually didn't. Talk about opening an pandora's box!
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 12:49 PM

So, who's misleading who? I have to think that D* wouldn't out a statement saying they have an agreement when they actually didn't. Talk about opening an pandora's box!

It is odd that DIRECTV would put out a press release and not have actually come to any agreement. Weird.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:11 PM

Same statement on Q13 Fox and JoeTV Seattle.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hmmm. Interesting development. It looks like the DIRECTV press release says that they agreed to the financial terms proposed by Tribune. That's not the same as Actualy signing an agreement, but usually the signing would closely follow. That is, unless the word financial indicates that there are other non-financial terms that DIRECTV is not agreeing to, that Tribune is still adamant about.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 01:47 PM

Is DIRECTV is trying to pressure Tribune on reaching an agreement for WGN by releasing the statement that the broadcast contract is settled?

Is Tribune reneging on a deal for the broadcast stations?

Did DIRECTV misunderstand the agreement reached Thursday on the broadcast station?

Did DIRECTV's marketing arm again release something too soon?

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:15 PM

Is DIRECTV is trying to pressure Tribune on reaching an agreement for WGN by releasing the statement that the broadcast contract is settled?

Is Tribune reneging on a deal for the broadcast stations?

Did DIRECTV misunderstand the agreement reached Thursday on the broadcast station?

Did DIRECTV's marketing arm again release something too soon?


It's simple PR in trying to absolve your organization of blame if/when the channels are removed. DirecTV can say, "We agreed to pay you what you wanted, but you now want more."

Those non-financial consideration could be about subchannels, length of deal, plus WGN America. Tribune Co. likely wants to include WGN America along with the locals and not make it a separate deal.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

My thinking is that those in charge at Tribune don't want WGN America seperate and this may be a big reason why a deal isn't done and why tribune's statement came out after Directv stated they had a deal.

It's simple PR in trying to absolve your organization of blame if/when the channels are removed. DirecTV can say, "We agreed to pay you what you wanted, but you now want more."

Those non-financial consideration could be about subchannels, length of deal, plus WGN America. Tribune Co. likely wants to include WGN America along with the locals and not make it a separate deal.



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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:27 PM

This is getting fun.
I might make some popcorn for more stuff like this!

http://investor.dire...eleaseID=660948

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:38 PM

wgn america seems to be the sticking point.
http://www.chicagotr...0,3337996.story
The disagreement over the agreement seems to hinge on terms for WGN America, Tribune's national cable network.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:46 PM

wgn america seems to be the sticking point.
http://www.chicagotr...0,3337996.story
The disagreement over the agreement seems to hinge on terms for WGN America, Tribune's national cable network.


The sticking point is Direct TV apparently negotiating in good faith, Tribune is not. I believe Direct TV 100%....... Maybe they should take my earlier advice, tell Tribune to go away. See how the bankruptcy court likes that.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

The sticking point is Direct TV apparently negotiating in good faith, Tribune is not. I believe Direct TV 100%....... Maybe they should take my earlier advice, tell Tribune to go away. See how the bankruptcy court likes that.


If wgn disappears tonight, I'll be pissed, but will deal with it for a while...at least until the Hawks and Bulls playoffs start. Then I will be super pissed and look to change providers if we start missing playoff games. Maybe it is time to look at basic cable from Comcast so I can have all my locals on a DR plan when each of them have issues like this.

I believe both are negotiating in good faith for their side...to each his own. I am not choosing sides, but the end result ALWAYS means higher prices for the customer.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

DIRECTV Responds to Tribune Statement

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- We're extremely perplexed as Tribune management and DIRECTV had a handshake deal on Thursday with an agreed upon rate for their channels. Their actions are the true definition of "bad faith" in every sense of the term.

We can't help but wonder whether Tribune's ability to negotiate a reasonable retransmission agreement with DIRECTV is being undermined by the complexities and competing interests in their lengthy bankruptcy process. Despite our best efforts to compensate Tribune fairly for both WGN America and the local stations, it seems they are focused on unduly benefitting their creditors rather than viewers. Threatening station blackouts to extract an exorbitant fee for all of Tribune's content may provide an improved return for certain banks and hedge funds, but is not in the interest of its viewers and is not a cure for bankruptcy.

If the local stations and WGN America do come down at midnight, it will be 100% Tribune's decision to take them away from customers. To come so close and then renege on terms that affect millions of customers defies Tribune's long history of protecting the public interest. However, we hope Tribune does the right thing and honors their word, keeps the channels on and puts customers before creditors.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:33 PM

If there was an agreement to keep them on, and Tribune has unilaterally backed out to make fools of the negotiators at DTV, I believe the channels should be yanked for good.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

If there was an agreement to keep them on, and Tribune has unilaterally backed out to make fools of the negotiators at DTV, I believe the channels should be yanked for good.


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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:58 PM

Maybe they are holding out to finish contract terms for DirecTV to carry the SupperStation package like Dish Network has today.

KTLA (Los Angeles), WPIX (New York), KWGN (Denver), WSBK (Boston) and WWOR (New York)

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:00 PM

See what I mean about playing games ....Dish network 250 channel package and free DVR and Free HD coming up Monday. Fox soccer channel too!

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:19 PM

See what I mean about playing games ....Dish network 250 channel package and free DVR and Free HD coming up Monday. Fox soccer channel too!


Dish doesn't play games? DirecTV has Fox Soccer Channel.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:33 PM

Dish doesn't play games? DirecTV has Fox Soccer Channel.


Read my past postings. I will get rid of Dish after 2 years if they mess with my service and go back to D TV and get one of those wonderful deals for new newbies.
You don't need to get the sports pack to get the Soccer channel on Dish. This way I will always getting good deals at a good price. Game on!:hurah:

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 04:58 PM

I'm unable to get the local CW channel over the air in my area. It is not owned by Tribune but Directv is telling me this is due to this dispute. Is that true?

It won't display it as an available station and of course, as a result, won't show it in the guide. I can't even tune to it manually.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

Sounds like the same thing that happened with Versus, but that was settled at the last minute. I don't that D* is so big that they would chance losing one of their top super stations over this. Somebody will blink. :up_to_som

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:42 PM

I'm unable to get the local CW channel over the air in my area. It is not owned by Tribune but Directv is telling me this is due to this dispute. Is that true?

It won't display it as an available station and of course, as a result, won't show it in the guide. I can't even tune to it manually.


No, makes no sense at all. Suspect it's just a story some CSR made up to get you off the phone. More likely it just is not in DirecTV's off-air guide, and DirecTV has basically stopped adding stations to the guide because of size constraints. If it is not in the guide, then unless you have an H20 receiver, or the new HR34 with an AM21N, you won't be able to receive it

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 05:45 PM

No, makes no sense at all. Suspect it's just a story some CSR made up to get you off the phone. More likely it just is not in DirecTV's off-air guide, and DirecTV has basically stopped adding stations to the guide because of size constraints. If it is not in the guide, then unless you have an H20 receiver, or the new HR34 with an AM21N, you won't be able to receive it


I have hr34 but with am21. Not am21n. Would that make a difference?




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