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DEAL REACHED: Directv Customers may lose the Sinclair Stations Mar 1


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#201 OFFLINE   fleckrj

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:44 AM

What I said in post #38 of this thread holds true once again. I have seen too many of these local station disputes play out like this to be concerned. This one was resolved five hours sooner with respect to the deadline than the Capitol Broadcasting dispute was. It is extremely rare for a local station to go dark on DirecTV due to a protracted carriage dispute. The risk of losing local channels (and everything else) from a thunderstorm is far greater than the risk of losing the channel to a carage dispute.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:05 PM

Sinclair is on a buying spree so we may have more retrans disputes as these stations come up for renewal. Then, the next time the Sinclair renewal for all of their stations comes up, they could own (or "operate") 100+ stations. I think they are doing this because the FCC is looking at removing the loopholes that allow Sinclair to own or "operate" multiple stations in a market. Basically, relatives of the Sinclair family set up extra companies that "own" the stations and Sinclair "operates" them. See Cunningham Broadcasting.

Sinclair buying Barrington stations for $370M

Sinclair will buy four Cox Media TV stations for $99 million

And I know they are trying to buy a few Fox owned stations, including My24 in Baltimore.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:27 PM

The TV world would be much better off without Sinclair & LIN as affiliate owners.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:41 PM

The TV world would be much better off without Sinclair & LIN as affiliate owners.


I unfortunately have both as owners in my market.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:12 PM

I unfortunately have both as owners in my market.


Same in GR, MI.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:02 PM

So who blinked?
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:07 PM

So who blinked?


I'm sure it was us the consumer who blinked :D, we will see the results next time our rates increase.. :lol:

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:36 PM

Well obviously that PDF is a bit less relevant now :lol:

The press release you linked to speaks only to a short-term extension of the recently expired agreement.

The event is not over until a long term agreement is signed. However unlikely it is that they fail to come to agreement, the channels may yet be removed in the short term.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

The press release you linked to speaks only to a short-term extension of the recently expired agreement.

The event is not over until a long term agreement is signed. However unlikely it is that they fail to come to agreement, the channels may yet be removed in the short term.


The way they are doing it is standard. It was just unusual that the wording got out that it was an extension (to get the wording exactly right). They never sign an agreement until all the lawyers get to it. Do you really think all the last minute announcements are of fully signed agreements? Do you really think companies continue to wage a war of words after they have reached agreement but before the ink is dry?
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

If you review the progression of the Tribune deal from just under a year ago, it sounds an awful lot like how the Sinclair deal is progressing.

Tribune allowed that they would keep the channels up pending a final agreement. DIRECTV subsequently made a press release announcing that a "handshake deal" was done pending paperwork. Tribune fired back with a rousing hell no. DIRECTV responded that they were "extremely perplexed".

http://articles.chic...-local-channels

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:30 PM

If you review the progression of the Tribune deal from just under a year ago, it sounds an awful lot like how the Sinclair deal is progressing.

Tribune allowed that they would keep the channels up pending a final agreement. DIRECTV subsequently made a press release announcing that a "handshake deal" was done pending paperwork. Tribune fired back with a rousing hell no. DIRECTV responded that they were "extremely perplexed".

http://articles.chic...-local-channels

It isn't about what any of us hopes or thinks is going to happen. It is uniquely about the signed carriage agreement that has not been announced by either party.


Uh, no. That is not what happened here. Directv said there would be an extension at the least the day before. When the news leaked, one source at directv didn't know it was out and the promise webpage still had the same from the day before. That has been changed to say the deal is done. Sinclair is saying the same. It was all timing on tweets, etc.

And you are spreading FUD.
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:48 PM

Uh, no. That is not what happened here. Directv said there would be an extension at the least the day before. When the news leaked, one source at directv didn't know it was out and the promise webpage still had the same from the day before. That has been changed to say the deal is done. Sinclair is saying the same. It was all timing on tweets, etc

Here's what the Promise page says this evening:

Sinclair Broadcasting Network Updates

Last updated: February 28, 2013 7:00PM EST

DIRECTV and Sinclair Broadcast Group today extended their current retransmission consent agreement to allow DIRECTV to continue providing Sinclair’s local broadcast stations without interruption as the companies continue working toward a new agreement.

I'm confused as to why it still says "continue working towards a new agreement" if a deal is done.

What seems different in this case versus the Tribune case is that this time, Sinclair is saying a handshake deal is done and DIRECTV is implying that there's work to be done on a deal. I'm inclined to believe the party that says it isn't done. Why would they say it (or let it remain the official update) if it weren't true?

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:27 AM

Whats all the big worry about some verbage? It will get done or it won't. Don't worry - be happy :-)
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:16 AM

Here's what the Promise page says this evening:I'm confused as to why it still says "continue working towards a new agreement" if a deal is done.

What seems different in this case versus the Tribune case is that this time, Sinclair is saying a handshake deal is done and DIRECTV is implying that there's work to be done on a deal. I'm inclined to believe the party that says it isn't done. Why would they say it (or let it remain the official update) if it weren't true?


You re still spreading FUD.
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