Belo agrement expires NOV 1st at midnight/Resolved

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  1. Oct 11, 2011 #21 of 149
    harsh

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    It seems unlikely that KHOU would be handing out waivers like leftover Halloween candy. DIRECTV can't substitute without the okey dokey from your designated affiliate.
     
  2. Oct 11, 2011 #22 of 149
    litzdog911

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    We went through this a while back with our local ABC station. Fortunately I have off-air reception as a backup, but it's likely they'll renegotiate before the deadline. I just wish the FCC or somebody could do something about these crazy continual carriage negotiations. Stupid.
     
  3. Oct 12, 2011 #23 of 149
    skihoodoo

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    i am now starting to wonder if this is going to be like dish networks dispute last year that caused Northwest cable news to appear on dish in 5 local markets but not Portland (people say it has to do with KGW having Blazers games)
     
  4. Oct 12, 2011 #24 of 149
    RACJ2

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    Looks like this Belo issue will affect the ABC station in Dallas as well. I see that there is a new channel 8-1 Alerts. Which warns that there is a possible loss of our ABC station.
     
  5. Oct 12, 2011 #25 of 149
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    I was very surprised when I punched in our Belo station's channel number (13-1) and that message popped up! The only way to get rid of the message is to go channel up/down and then back to 13-1...
     
  6. Oct 12, 2011 #26 of 149
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    Do you normally have to enter the "-1" on your local channel 13? We use 8 w/o the "-" to get our local ABC station. If I wasn't looking at the guide, I would have never selected channel 8-1.

    From the link you provided, here are the list of cities affected:

     
  7. Oct 12, 2011 #27 of 149
    Jaspear

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    NWCN might very well be the sticking point in the negotiations. Since Belo was successful with Dish, I'll bet they want the same deal with DirecTV. I'd also bet that DirecTV's not interested.
     
  8. Oct 12, 2011 #28 of 149
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    Wasn't KING the same group that wanted a whopping 600% increase last year? Did DirecTV only secure a deal for 1 year?
     
  9. Oct 12, 2011 #29 of 149
    Jaspear

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    That was Northwest Broadcasting, which owns stations in Spokane and the Tri-Cities in Washington, and in Binghamton, NY.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2011 #30 of 149
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    Thinking about this - is there a big loss of KGW right now?

    NBA is on strike - so no Blazers

    NBC is leading the pack in cancellations of new shows - there a few I watch, but not really too many.

    NBC has Notre Dame college football and little else. So while I catch those games once in awhile, I can live without them. No team I follow is playing Notre Dame this season.

    KGW news is slipping badly. I used to consider them #1, but they are badly slipping in quality. They still have Brenda Braxton, the best newscaster in Portland, but the rest I can do without. And they kicked Convery off the the traffic in the AM, over to KATU; I find Convery more entertaining than the newscasters themselves and followed him to KATU.

    So what am I missing here. A few shows that, conceivably, I can pick up on Hulu, if necessary, I think. But that's $7.99, so doubtful I will do that for too long.

    So, KGW is in a weak bargaining position here right now. If the Blazers were on then maybe they'd have some leverage.

    But what I don't get is that IF Directv caves I end up paying MORE. I can't afford more right now. That's the point.
     
  11. Oct 14, 2011 #31 of 149
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    Our local Belo stations (the ABC affiliate) has been running advertisements for about a week, and just recently started a crawl during some of the more popular shows suggesting we contact D* and tell them to bend over and grab the ankles. Guess we are looking at another race to the wire and last second deal.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2011 #32 of 149
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  13. Oct 14, 2011 #33 of 149
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    I decided to just say scr*w it and bought an AM21 OTA tuner off ebay. I hope they figure it out, but at least one of my tvs will have access to ABC content should it go dark for a short period of time.

    They will get this sorted out eventually. There's no question about that. They may get yanked for a short period, but it'll eventually get figured out.

    Look at the cities involved... There's no change that Directv is going to let that many major cities lack a national network. And same with Belo - they will never permit long term a lack of presence on the 2nd largest provider.
     
  14. Oct 16, 2011 #34 of 149
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    This is my question as well.

    I think you stated it the best. They can remove it from our guide and the HR20-700 and AM-21 would no longer get the channels for recording. I still have the option to go to the TV tuner and get the channel, just can't record if they pull it out of the guide. :(

    I'm with you. This is a bunch of crap when it comes to local stations and the fact it is free over the air.
     
  15. Oct 16, 2011 #35 of 149
    litzdog911

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    When this has happened in the past, nobody's off-air reception was "blocked". I have my off-air antenna connected to one of my HD DVRs, so I'm ready to record the off-air signal if these negotiations go south. But these almost always get resolved at the last minute.

    In the mean time, be sure to voice your concerns to both the local station, directly to Belo Broadcasting, and to DirecTV.
     
  16. Oct 16, 2011 #36 of 149
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    OK, yep, that's about all they have. I rarely watch it. Sunday nights are crazy in the house getting read for Monday with the kids doing homework, I usually cook dinner for my wife on Sundays, etc. But I see your point.

    My belief is this - I won't miss much.
     
  17. Oct 16, 2011 #37 of 149
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    I fail to see why KHOU can justify charging Directv and its customers to receive its signal when the same signal is available for free OTA. KHOU wants the same compensation as channels that are available only through the satellite signal and that makes no sense to me. Unless KHOU can find a way to charge its OTA customers then it is unfair to charge those who receive the same signal by some other means.

    I hope that Directv lets the contract expire since that should save Directv some money and will hurt KHOU because there will be less customers to support their advertising fees. I'll still get KHOU on OTA so no loss.
     
  18. Oct 16, 2011 #38 of 149
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    I live in Houston and my local CBS station is owned by Belo. If I loose this station will I be able to watch the NFL games, that is normally on my local CBS station, on NFL Sunday Ticket. Because normally what ever game is shown on my local CBS station that game is blacked out on NFL Sunday Ticket channels. I do subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket.
     
  19. Oct 16, 2011 #39 of 149
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    Hoepfully they'll come to terms.
     
  20. Oct 16, 2011 #40 of 149
    litzdog911

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    Excellent question. I'm guessing the answer is "no".
     

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