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Jackson, MS CW affiliate WRBJ flipping to Trinity, what will Dish do?


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#1 OFFLINE   gor88

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:00 AM

We are about to lose our current CW affiliate, WRBJ, to Trinity. Roberts Broadcasting, owned by two brothers who can't seem to run any business well, sold the station to Trinity in a bankruptcy sale.

This brings up some questions:

1. Once WRBJ flips to Trinity, will WRBJ disappear from the locals? I seem to remember that Dish (and DirecTV too) have an agreement with Trinity that they don't have to broadcast the local channel if they already carry the national TBN feed.

2. How will Dish handle the new, but yet unnamed, CW affiliate in Jackson? WUFX 35 is a MyNetworkTV affiliate that is favored to be the new home of CW, but may or may not take the affiliation, since this station was sold for $1 to a private college here, in order to give students the opportunity to see and take part in running a real TV station. The other possibility is our ABC affiliate WAPT, who only airs a SD feed of their radar on their second subchannel, could add CW as a subchannel in HD. If this occurs, would Dish still add CW if it goes to WAPT on 16.2? I ask this, because in smaller markets, it seems that Dish and DirecTV don't add CW if it's on a subchannel.

For those of you in the know, what do you think would happen here in Jackson once the flip occurs?

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#2 OFFLINE   boba

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:55 AM

First CW has to sign an agreement with a local broadcaster.
second DISH has to work out an agreement for rebroadcast of that channel
Third you need patience while this transpires.

4TH you might try subscribing to a Super Station to get your CW..

#3 OFFLINE   Paul Secic

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

We are about to lose our current CW affiliate, WRBJ, to Trinity. Roberts Broadcasting, owned by two brothers who can't seem to run any business well, sold the station to Trinity in a bankruptcy sale.

This brings up some questions:

1. Once WRBJ flips to Trinity, will WRBJ disappear from the locals? I seem to remember that Dish (and DirecTV too) have an agreement with Trinity that they don't have to broadcast the local channel if they already carry the national TBN feed.

2. How will Dish handle the new, but yet unnamed, CW affiliate in Jackson? WUFX 35 is a MyNetworkTV affiliate that is favored to be the new home of CW, but may or may not take the affiliation, since this station was sold for $1 to a private college here, in order to give students the opportunity to see and take part in running a real TV station. The other possibility is our ABC affiliate WAPT, who only airs a SD feed of their radar on their second subchannel, could add CW as a subchannel in HD. If this occurs, would Dish still add CW if it goes to WAPT on 16.2? I ask this, because in smaller markets, it seems that Dish and DirecTV don't add CW if it's on a subchannel.

For those of you in the know, what do you think would happen here in Jackson once the flip occurs?


The CW and MynetworkTV arn't networks. Here KRON only has advertising most of the day.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:51 PM

The CW and MynetworkTV arn't networks. Here KRON only has advertising most of the day.


??? The CW and MYNetwork ARE Networks. Like all of the networks(fox, nbc, abc, cbs) they show syndicated, local and informercials during the day and then the network programming at night/early morning. Not sure what yours do, but if your cw isnt showing the national cw programming, you might want to contact the cw network.(not your local cw affiliate).

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

Actually, MyNetworkTV is not a network as defined by the FCC (I think that's right). There has to be 15 hours of network programming and a certain amount of E/I programming in order to be granted "network" status. MyNetworkTV themselves acknowledge that they are now only a "programming service".

CW, on the other hand, does meet the FCC definition of a network. IMHO, Dish and DirecTV should technically be carrying CW in any market where it is OTA, regardless of whether it is low power or a subchannel.

The most interesting thing is that the Nielsen numbers for Arrow and The Vampire Diaries (their most popular series) lately are almost as good as the NBC show in the same time slot, which is not saying much for NBC,

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

While I understand that it would be frustrating if you there is something you like on The CW, I wouldn't subscribe to the superstation if you have high speed internet as virtually every CW show can be streamed from The CW website though you have to tolerate commercials.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:25 PM

WRBJ flipped over from the CW to Trinity this past Friday.  Waiting to see who is announced as the next CW affiliate.  The Jackson, MS market is now the largest market without its own CW affiliate.






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