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DEAL REACHED: Directv Customers may lose the Sinclair Stations Mar 1

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by LMckin, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Feb 20, 2013 #61 of 214
    jsk

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    Since both Dish & Direct have OTA tuners, I wish they would give you a discount if you drop locals (and provide guide data for the OTA channels). Then the stations (and networks charging outrageous affiliation fees to the stations) wouldn't get a dime of my money.

    Dish & Direct should also sell, install and service OTA antennas. It could be a new revenue source for them instead of loosing money for every customer to retrans fees.
     
  2. Feb 20, 2013 #62 of 214
    ohioviper

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    Yep we are really getting hit hard here out of c-bus.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2013 #63 of 214
    cfkane

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    As I said, I will lose CBS, but I only watch 1 CBS show. Will I still have access to CBS on demand if I lose my CBS channel? If that is the case, no big deal, I'll just watch my show OD.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2013 #64 of 214
    Volatility

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    dtv has a good negotiation rate, the march 1st thing is a scare tactic to say the least.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2013 #65 of 214
    hasan

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    Yes, the OTA signal received by these units will record. You do have to change your recording options for those shows that you currently have series links for that involve the stations in question. Make sure you change those links to use the OTA channel and not the DirecTV channel. (They should have "-" , dash channel numbers. In our area Fox 17 is what we need, so I will change the recording options to 17-1 and the problem is solved.
     
  6. Feb 20, 2013 #66 of 214
    Billzebub

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    I record too much TV. Lately I have been going through my series links and deleting series I have been watching out of habit.

    I mention this because in Pittsburgh we are effected here with our Fox abd CW channels. The only series I record on either of these channels is the Following.

    If I loose Fox I have plenty of other stuff to watch.

    In my house, Kevin Bacon would be the big loser in this situation.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2013 #67 of 214
    grover517

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    I would be losing ABC and CW. Maybe, I should send Sinclair Broadcasting an email expressing my ........................ :zzz:
     
  8. Feb 20, 2013 #68 of 214
    jdh8668

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    Thankfully I have an AM21 because those greedy buzzards not only own the ABC affiliate in my market, but they also just bought the FOX & CW affiliate as of the 1st of January.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2013 #69 of 214
    goinsleeper

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    Very doubtful but it was done for a decent number of customers who lost their FOX networks with the Northwest Broadcasting dispute last year. They were given the FOX out of LA. Not all customers received them so I would imagine there are plenty of laws combating the ability to offer it.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2013 #70 of 214
    MysteryMan

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    There's the problem. Too many laws preventing a service provider accessing a national network feed to it's customers during a carriage dispute.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2013 #71 of 214
    HinterXGames

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    lol.. just wanted to point out, that made me giggle.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2013 #72 of 214
    Jon J

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    But, as I understand it, DirecTV controls what appears in your program guide so if they remove the OTA channel from your guide your AM21 will be useless.
     
  13. Feb 21, 2013 #73 of 214
    tonyd79

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    Other than a problem for some with the -1 channel banner, they won't remove the OTA channels from the guide.
     
  14. Feb 21, 2013 #74 of 214
    n3vino

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    Does that mean they'l pay whatever the broadcaster wants? I would think that Sicnlair needs DTV as much as DTV needs them. Sinclair losing a big viewer base can't impress their advertisers.
     
  15. Feb 21, 2013 #75 of 214
    HinterXGames

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    Both need each other, no doubt, though one would think that leverage sides with the provider, as they provide the customer base, but this is twisted.
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    It's the same reason scrawls are ran, because networks know that people will call thier provider all PO'ed. While viewers can change companies to get a network, because there is competition, you can't change networks to get the same program, in most cases. And the networks themselves don't have to deal with the customer service aspect, so run crawls to force tons of calls from customers to providers, to apply pressure.
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    And to top it off, most of the time, it's the networks that are trying to get more money, not providers trying to pay less.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2013 #76 of 214
    Jon J

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    Before editing my favorites list and adding 17-1 to my guide I keyed in 17-1 directly and got a DirecTV screen with their version of where the negotiations stand. I was able to edit the guide list and add the OTA 17-1 which is working for now.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2013 #77 of 214
    Tom Robertson

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    The danger is that customers are getting smarter. More are calling the stations to get back to normal pricing and settle--without raising our rates.

    Peace,
    Tom
     
  18. Feb 21, 2013 #78 of 214
    Tom Robertson

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    Btw: I called the Sinclair Corp HQ at 410-568-1500 (their listed number, please don't list any unlisted numbers here.) Don't know if I got anyone who can make a difference, we'll try that tomorrow. :)

    Peace,
    Tom
     
  19. Feb 21, 2013 #79 of 214
    HinterXGames

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    +1
     
  20. Feb 21, 2013 #80 of 214
    tonyd79

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    I had to rerun setup. Odd but it worked. I am ready.
     

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