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Guest Message by DevFuse
DBS COs Lose Florida Must-Carry Skirmish
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Posted 14 December 2001 - 09:14 PM
Both DirecTV and EchoStar's DISH Network lost a must-carry battle at the Federal Communications Commission involving a Florida TV station owned by Entravision Holdings.
In its complaint, Daytona Beach-based WVEN said DirecTV and EchoStar failed to meet their must-carry obligations under the FCC’s satellite broadcast signal carriage rules by not agreeing to carry its signal. The FCC granted WVEN's request forcing the two small dish companies to carry the station, partly conditioned on WVEN delivering a quality signal.
In its argument, WVEN said EchoStar and DirecTV improperly denied its request on the grounds that the station doesn't provide a good quality signal to local receive facilities individually operated by the satellite TV companies. WVEN admitted that it's operating at a reduced power level while waiting for the arrival and installation of a new transmitter. WVEN told the FCC it will provide a good quality signal once it has installed the new transmitter.
In its order, the FCC told EchoStar and DirecTV to carry WVEN’s signal within 75 days from the date on which the station provides a good quality signal to local receive facilities, but not earlier than Jan. 1. That is the day satellite TV's must-carry rules become effective.
From <a href="http://www.skyreport.com" target=none>SkyReport</a> (Used with permission)
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Posted 14 December 2001 - 09:47 PM
They shouldn't have ever had locals on dish in the first place, and now they've bit off more than they can chew.
Dish and Directv deserve to be forced to carry a billion more channels and then the picture quality gets so bad that everyone dumps dish and directv.