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Directv dropping INSP? Absolutely disgusting.....


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#61 OFFLINE   john262

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:42 AM

"Public Interest" channels pay for retransmission ... the rates are based on the cost of the transponder space. Satellite carriers must make a certain amount of space available at each satellite location for PI channels. If there are not enough channels willing to pay for the space satellite carriers don't have to meet the quota.

The channels must be non-commercial (no advertising except what is allowed on a non-commercial station) and there can only be one from each provider (unless there are not enough providers to buy all available slots).

DirecTV has it right ... they offer channel space for sale to broadcasters such as INSP. INSP has it right that their programming is free. What INSP has failed to mention (or contradict) is that they paid for that satellite space. They think DirecTV should carry them for free.

INSP needs to pay for the satellite space just like they would pay for any other distribution method.

 

INSP carries plenty of commercials so there must be some sort of confusion here.



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#62 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:41 PM

INSP carries plenty of commercials so there must be some sort of confusion here.


They must have been carried under a special arrangement. Just because a channel ISN'T a PI doesn't mean they cannot be asked to pay for their inclusion. DirecTV gets money from the shopping and infomercial channels. If INSP is popular enough to make money they are popular enough to pay for their carriage. What is becoming clear is that they are not popular enough to BE paid for carriage.
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#63 OFFLINE   KyL416

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:17 PM

They must have been carried under a special arrangement. Just because a channel ISN'T a PI doesn't mean they cannot be asked to pay for their inclusion. DirecTV gets money from the shopping and infomercial channels. If INSP is popular enough to make money they are popular enough to pay for their carriage. What is becoming clear is that they are not popular enough to BE paid for carriage.

DirecTV does that for several channels. MavTV is paying to be on, Cinemoi was paying to be on up until July when they were dropped for not paying. Bandiwdth wise, INSP was replaced with GOGO an infomercial channel on 262 and 81.

Basically if it's available in all of the base packages and it isn't a PI channel or a major cable channel like USA or Nickelodeon, they're likely paying to be on the lineup.




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