DIRECTV and LIN station retransmission contract dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Question: Why should DIRECTV pay for a signal that is available for free to viewers over-the-air?
    Answer: For many years, we have been providing viewers with around-the-clock news, political coverage, traffic, weather, public service announcements, as well as popular local and national programming. Despite our superior ratings and service to the community, we are compensated far less than many cable networks. The bottom line is DIRECTV profits by including broadcast stations like ours in its line-up. Like any other business, it should pay fair market value for the ability to resell our programming to you.
    It costs a substantial amount of money to produce local programming, bid for top-quality programming, invest in high-definition, and make other upgrades to equipment and technology so that we can deliver a superior product. text We must be on the same level playing field as the cable networks so we can continue to provide the top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you.

    Funny how they don't mention they don't pay fees as they cable networks do.....

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  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    What fees are the OTA broadcasters not paying? They pay networks and syndicators for their programming. They pay the FCC to maintain their licenses. They pay taxes (including taxes for their property, facilities, vehicles, etc.).

    Cable networks have rights fees ... but OTAs pay those as well.

    I do not agree that local broadcasters should be getting paid as much as the best cable channels ... but there are certainly costs to running their systems.
  3. alnielsen

    alnielsen Godfather

    Dec 31, 2006
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    I would say their biggest expense is keeping that 1000KW transmitter humming 24/7, that some stations have. That is got to cost a bunch of money.
    On the other hand, the re-transmission of these broadcasts gets them to a wider audence (with a clearer signal) within their DMA. If the cable/satellite providers didn't replace the commercials, they would reach a wider audience and could then charge higher rates for them.
  4. grover517

    grover517 AllStar

    Sep 29, 2007
    I assume an agreement, or at the very least, an extension of the old one happened overnight as the channel affected by this in my area is still on DirecTV this AM.
  5. Dr_J

    Dr_J Icon

    Apr 15, 2007
  6. ladannen

    ladannen Legend

    Oct 26, 2007
    One Media General owned station (KXRM in Colorado Springs) has announced on twitter (@FOX21News) that an agreement with Directv has been reached with "no disruption to local programming".
  7. Go Beavs

    Go Beavs Hall Of Fame

    Nov 18, 2008
  8. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Cable/satellite providers do not replace any of the commercials on their rebroadcasts of OTA stations.
  9. mrro82

    mrro82 Legend

    Sep 11, 2012
    Cordova, TN
    I'm assuming a deal has been reached? KOIN is still on for me.
  10. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    Yes, go read posts 26 and 27 of this thread
  11. mrro82

    mrro82 Legend

    Sep 11, 2012
    Cordova, TN
    Guess I read over #26. I tried the link in #27 before my post and it didn't bring anything up. Thank you.

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