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Getting local channels via DBS -- not DNS


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#21 OFFLINE   BobS

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 06:02 PM

Could someone answer in simple language for my benefit:

1. Is an unserved household permitted an SV channel even if there is no LIL?
2. Does a recalcitrant local station queer the deal for the other locals and the subscribers?
3. Is a SV part of the DNS grouping, Local grouping or something unto itself?
4. Is it possible for a local station to be an SV in its own DMA?
5. Is PBS carry a condition for SV availability?
6. Does E* pay LIL stations based upon the actual number of LIL subscribers, number of E* subscribers (with or without LIL) or the population or something else?
7. Does the must carry/statutory license pay so little that there is incentive to try a broker an independent deal?

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#22 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 08:36 PM

Could someone answer in simple language for my benefit:

1. Is an unserved household permitted an SV channel even if there is no LIL?
2. Does a recalcitrant local station queer the deal for the other locals and the subscribers?
3. Is a SV part of the DNS grouping, Local grouping or something unto itself?
4. Is it possible for a local station to be an SV in its own DMA?
5. Is PBS carry a condition for SV availability?
6. Does E* pay LIL stations based upon the actual number of LIL subscribers, number of E* subscribers (with or without LIL) or the population or something else?
7. Does the must carry/statutory license pay so little that there is incentive to try a broker an independent deal?

1) No. Subscription to LIL is required to get any SV channel.
2) There are a few local markets where not all stations have chosen to allow their signal to be rebroadcasted. Their refusal only affects carriage of other stations if the carrier decides that the market isn't worth carrying due to the lack of cooperation of the station(s).
3) SV is a 'next step' after LIL and is not related to DNS.
4) On paper a station can be listed SV in it's own DMA. This is because the SV list was designed for cable use where DMAs are less important. On satellite a station is carried everywhere (or not) within it's own DMA as a LIL channel and the SV status only comes into play outside of their own DMA.
5) PBS carriage does not affect SVs directly.
6) What E* pays stations for carriage is a mystery. If a station has asked for must carry E* does not have to pay them anything. If they have chosen consent to carry then E* will have a negotiated price with each station or station group. Some stations have chosen consent to carry and refused to come to terms.
7) Must carry is there to protect the little stations that would not be carried if it came down to dollars. The satellite carriers are looking to carry major networks and popular stations - if a less popular station holds out for money they will be passed by. But if that less popular station selects 'must carry' they force themselves onto the system. Being available to subscribers is the payment - and not a bad one considering that they might not be missed.




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