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#41 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:05 PM

I think it would add value. These cable companies all have broadband services right at their doorsteps.
Tens of Millions out there with independent cable services currently
Dish would be Buying the customer base as well as all the land line Fiber.

I see where you are going but I think they need someone who is in the wireless world not cable world. It allows them to cover the entire country not just certain markets. I think they are looking at national control.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:13 PM

If Dish tries to buy Verizon it would be for the wireless service, but not for FIOS since it's only on certain markets.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:40 PM

You can see Pat Gottsch tonight Monday June 23 at 8 PM EDT On channels 231 Rural (Family Net) TV and 232 RFD TV ; to explain the 2 big mergers and possible loss of Rural TV, RFD TV, or both.

 

"Mergers Are a Challenge to Rural Television
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Ladies & Gentlemen,

Carriage of the rural, independent programming delivered by RFD-TV and RURAL TV is at stake now with the potential merger of Comcast Cable with Time Warner Cable, and the separate merger of AT&T U-Verse with DIRECTV.  If approved by the FCC, these two mergers will control over 54,000,000 homes effecting RFD-TV and RURAL TV viewers in all 50 states.  



Let me be clear - we are NOT opposed to these mergers, at this time.  Instead, we are working hard to raise the level of awareness of the plight of rural, independent programming in Washington, DC, and how we can insure that our channels are treated fairly with these mergers so that rural interests are protected.  In May, I testified before Congress, and met separately with both the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) and the DOJ (Department of Justice).  All were very interested in the potential effect of these mergers on rural America.



These same people are now reviewing the potential mergers between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable, along with the pending merger of AT&T with DIRECTV.  This is a big deal, and will essentially determine RFD-TV and RURAL TV's carriage for the next several years on all these cable and satellite systems. 



At this time, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) wants to get comments from the public.  Here is your chance to really make a difference, and make your statement in support of RFD-TV and rural programming.  There is a short and simple process to register your comments directly to the FCC.  Here's how:

1.  CLICK HERE to go directly to the FCC page for making comments.  (PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW BEFORE GOING TO THE FCC PAGE).  
2.  Select Proceeding Number 14-57: Applications of Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Inc. for Consent to Assign or Transfer Control of Licenses and Applications
3.  Fill out the form with your name, address, and comments in the boxes provided.  
4.  Click "Continue" at the end, where you will review your information and comments one more time.


5.  Click "CONFIRM" and your comments are then delivered to the FCC.



I ask that you do this without delay, as there will be a limit to the time for public comment.  Each and every comment takes us one step closer to insuring that RFD-TV and RURAL TV are carried post merger(s).



Note - Remember this is FCC Proceeding Number 14-57 - Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable.  Make sure that 14-57 is in the first line on your FCC form.  

Comcast has been removing RFD-TV from many of their cable systems over the last year.  Mr. David Cohen, VP at Comcast, explained the dropping of RFD-TV in Colorado and New Mexico in August/2013 in the House Judiciary Hearing on the merger by stating that Comcast is "primarily an urban-cluster cable company".  That did not sit well with the rural Congressmen on the panel.  Mr. Cohen gave no explanation for adding Al Jazeera America two days after taking RFD-TV down on those same Colorado and New Mexico cable systems, or for carrying BBC World News as an independent channel on all their systems.  I also testified at that same hearing, and asked the rhetorical question "Can't there be room for at least one channel that serves the interests of rural America"?



Please feel free to contact me direct with any questions at Patrick@rfdtv.com.  



Together, we can get this done and ensure that rural programming is distributed on cable for years to come.  Breaking news on this matter will be announced on all our channels - RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet, and RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM channel 80, and through our e-mailed weekly newsletter.



Thanks so much for your support.  I apologize for all of us having to go through all this, but the attitudes of these urban-based media executives make this all necessary.  We must stand up, now, to make sure that a wall is not built between urban and rural America.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 02:33 AM

So he wants to what? Guarantee he get can get a price increase or be carried on all levels of programing by law or something? I am missing something there.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:23 PM

Looks like they just don't want to be dropped.

Or did I miss something here?

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 03:53 PM

I didn't even know we still had RFD.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:24 PM

I think the question is how many rural tv fans out there?

You can't use BBC world as a complaint, however.

I've seen a few of their programs, and while the equestrian offerings were ok, "Mollie B's polka party" got old after 10 minutes, and I'm Polish.

So my response is what do you really offer the rural audience to keep your spot?

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:34 PM

Honestly, I think Dish should buy out some of these smaller cable companies before Comcast does.
I would say Cablevision , but I'm sure that ship has sailed....

 

Hah!! The Dolans wouldn't do a deal with Charlie Ergen if he was the last businessman on earth.  They still haven't gotten over Voom.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:49 PM

The last couple of years have not been good times for either satellite service.  Honestly, I'm not sure why AT&T really wants DirecTV.  One reason given has been to allow bundling of services, but you can really only do that where AT&T are the ILEC, or an overbuilder.  But AT&T must have some kind of plan.

 

The reality is that few companies will be interested in ANY cable or satellite company for their TV distribution business.  Dish's best asset is not Dish Network, it's all that wireless spectrum they have been buying up (and what Verizon is interested in).

 

If Dish were going to buy someone, it would more likely be a Sprint or a T-Mobile - somebody that gives them a jumpstart in the wireless business, and who already have access to towers upon which new transmitters can be placed.  In most urban and suburban areas the most profitable land to own (by revenue per square foot) is the land under a transmitter tower.

 

The problem with buying Netflix is the same problem DirecTV had when they tried to buy Hulu...no matter how hard to try, if the current owners don't want to sell you're out of luck.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

Hah!! The Dolans wouldn't do a deal with Charlie Ergen if he was the last businessman on earth. They still haven't gotten over Voom.

yes that's exactly what I was getting at. lol

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 11:22 PM

Except the Dolans did a deal with Dish very recently... so it happens.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:43 AM

Hah!! The Dolans wouldn't do a deal with Charlie Ergen if he was the last businessman on earth.  They still haven't gotten over Voom.

I loved  Voom!


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:17 PM

That ordeal signed my note with ever going back to dish, and when they dropped NY sports altogether , that sealed it.
I loved the some of those Voom channels, the HD IMO is better then anything I've seen to date.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:58 PM

I don't miss the NY sports networks ... but if the Dolan sports channels were added, THAT would be a sign that DISH and the Dolans were on better terms. Not the AMC and related channel deal.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:25 PM

The issue in the NY market isn't just MSG...Dish also doesn't carry SNY or YES and that has nothing to do with the Dolans.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

Except the Dolans did a deal with Dish very recently... so it happens.

 

And it was among the most acrimonious and drawn out carriage disputes in history.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:20 PM

And it was among the most acrimonious and drawn out carriage disputes in history.

Which also involved a lawsuit.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:16 PM

And it was among the most acrimonious and drawn out carriage disputes in history.

 

Yeah...  the thing about it, though, is a potential unintended side-effect of how that deal shook out *should* be positive for Dish.  Consider...

 

AMC had a lawsuit against Dish for the whole Voom thing.  Meanwhile Dish let the contract for the AMC channels expire because AMC wanted more than Dish wanted to pay.  They argued and spit fire at each other for a few months... then the settlement was a combined thing...  Dish and AMC settled the old Voom lawsuit with verbiage that included the renegotiation of the AMC channels... thus  the old bad blood was legally ended in writing and tied to the new AMC contract.

 

So... what I'm thinking is...  IF the next Dolan contract for other channels comes up... the Dolans might open themselves up for a lawsuit if they tried to use old bad blood against Charlie... since Charlie could say "we solved all that, remember?" and point to the very public agreement to bury the hatchet and make nice... so there's no past stuff that *should* burden a future negotiation... so Dish would be in a position to cry foul if the Dolans tried to use anything else to twist the knife in a negotiation.

 

Doesn't mean the Dolans aren't capable of being jerks about it... just seems like Dish might get one final side-bonus out of that last round of fighting.


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:10 PM

I loved  Voom!

The loss of the VOOM channels, especially MONSTERS HD, was one of two main reasons I left DISH 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 09:55 AM

Except the Dolans did a deal with Dish very recently... so it happens.

What deal?


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