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Sinclair may pull locals from Dish on 8/16


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#141 OFFLINE   bigdog9586

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:15 AM

So according to my math the two weeks are up. Any new word?

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#142 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:29 PM

So according to my math the two weeks are up. Any new word?


Time for new math :)

Stations were due to drop on 8/16... two weeks from that would be 8/30...

But, aside from the nitpick, you're right. No new info, but things must be going well or surely we would have started hearing the ranting from Sinclair about "losing your favorite programming" by now.

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#143 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:54 PM

I don't expect a direct reply... but I sent a note to Sinclair and asked for an update... and echoed my hope that this negotiation also included HD retransmission for channels not already carried in HD by Dish.

Original drop-dead date was 8/16... then we got an "agreement in principle" and a 2 week extension under the old contract.

So... either a new contract starts tomorrow (maybe 9/1 if they move it to a calendar month being so close) OR we are still on the chopping block.

I take the lack of "Dish is dropping us" messages lately to be a positive sign that the agreement in principle is becoming final... but I still would like to see official word AND hope for a positive spin on my local CW and MyNetwork affiliates.

I just read on another forum that DirecTV added MyNetwork (they already had CW) and another local (our local spanish channel) in HD this week... so that's more pressure in my market for Dish to step up with more HD LiL feeds.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:09 PM

I just read on another forum that DirecTV added MyNetwork (they already had CW) and another local (our local spanish channel) in HD this week... so that's more pressure in my market for Dish to step up with more HD LiL feeds.

With the number of markets involved one needs to look at the bigger picture.

As far as HD carriage ... carry one/carry all HD is in full effect in February. Only the primary HD feed must be carried from each channel, but channels can negotiate carriage of sub channels and second HD feeds. And barring any nasty surprises DISH's new satellite will be up and running at 61.5 in plenty of time to serve all of the HD local channels in Eastern Arc. At least, all of the channels that agree to be carried.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:16 PM

With the number of markets involved one needs to look at the bigger picture.

As far as HD carriage ... carry one/carry all HD is in full effect in February. Only the primary HD feed must be carried from each channel, but channels can negotiate carriage of sub channels and second HD feeds. And barring any nasty surprises DISH's new satellite will be up and running at 61.5 in plenty of time to serve all of the HD local channels in Eastern Arc. At least, all of the channels that agree to be carried.


I wasn't meaning to complain so much as... if they are in a negotiation with Sinclair anyway, it just seems like now would be the time to negotiate the HD LiLs too. So I keep hoping anyway :)

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:47 AM

Word from the trenches is the deal is done.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:24 PM

Word from the trenches is the deal is done.


I'm guessing since the channels didn't go dark, all is well... but really odd not to have seen a more official announcement by now.

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