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DIRECTV has lost and got back Tribune stations due to retrans dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Upon getting home tonight, I immediately tuned in WGN to see what the news is. Nothing so far.

    Instead, I'm watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" with Tom Bergeron.

    They wouldn't black out this, would they???


    Oh, the humanity!
  2. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    It seems pretty clear that Directv is going to have to turn them off tonight due to Tribune being a bunch of retards and backing out on a deal. Hopefully it works out so we get CLTV in the end.
  3. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Could you elaborate a bit please?
  4. sorrycharlie

    sorrycharlie AllStar

    Jul 16, 2010
    You still can see that on hotpass, channels 795-798 ish.
  5. ericcooper1956@att.net

    ericcooper1956@att.net AllStar

    Jul 18, 2011
    At this time, my receiver is showing CWe no longer greyed out, but I still cannot access it. Perhaps this will change at midnight as I live in the Los Angeles market and will lose KTLA
  6. Old_School

    Old_School Legend

    Nov 28, 2011
    I find all this hype funny... personally i will wait till tommorow to see if they do pull the plug... if they do, oh well... if not great! I am lucky enough to have a family member that is a CSR with Directv. They have told me that they are getting flooded with screaming mad customers:lol:

    The response that the CSR's are to give is:

    "I understand your concern on this matter but, let me assure you that Directv knows how important having you local channels and not loosing any programming is to you. They have worked hard to make a deal to keep all the tribune stations that would be affected. Until the deal is signed and final you will continue to see messages about it but, let me assure you that you will NOT loose any programming":nono2:
  7. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Sorry, trh, a feeble attempt to poke fun.

    If you look at the posts before mine, you'd see the lampoon effort.
  8. cts33fan

    cts33fan AllStar

    Sep 1, 2007
  9. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    The counter must be on Eastern time. Poor west coasters gonna get screwed out of three hours of that good programming :)
  10. tzphotos.com

    tzphotos.com Godfather

    Jul 12, 2006
    That is so childish on their part.

    When you read the information on DirecTV site http://www.directvpromise.com
    It states "DIRECTV will not remove any Tribune stations from customers’ line-ups unless Tribune specifically demands it."

    So if any of these stations go black tonight, it's not DirecTV choice.
  11. ActiveHDdave

    ActiveHDdave Godfather

    Sep 15, 2007
    I heard they are testing that theory tonight.:rolleyes:
  12. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    Honestly, I do not see how the $3 DIRECTV charges customers to rebroadcast those channels comes even close to the cost of maintaining the equipment to do so and I highly doubt DIRECTV makes a profit from the local programming.

    Local stations do get their "cut", in advertising revenue. The more people who watch the advertising means the more money they can charge to run the ads. Expanding their market beyond what can be received from an OTA benefits them.

    Reprinting a magazine article is not a good example because the new publication is not going to reprint the ads as well. In that case, yes, the original owner should be compensated for using their material.
  13. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    I for one, would like to see DirecTv allow us to drop locals for the $3 credit, and reduce the number of subs they have to pay the networks for.
  14. sorrycharlie

    sorrycharlie AllStar

    Jul 16, 2010
    You obviously have never worked in broadcast. Satellite Time isn’t free, by the time you figure in R&D to develop spot beam satellites, the millions of dollars that it takes to beam the signal to you, and on top of that equipment, personnel costs and other factors into it, I wouldn’t be surprised if DirecTV is at a loss. Especially with the DTV transition from a few years back.
  15. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Just stated on the news...

    As of 10:00 p.m. CDT, WGN News Anchorman Bob Jordan said:

  16. rrdirectsr

    rrdirectsr Legend

    Jan 30, 2011
    Are the local affiliate running these screen crawls even if someone has a different provider? I just spoke to a Comcast customer that wanted D** to keep WGN and was scared she was about to lose it. She seemed a bit confused so just wondering if other providers are going thru the same thing or if it's aired to all.
  17. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    They're not running scrawls; rather, they have actual information commercials announcing what is happening.
  18. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    The funny thing here is, I don't think that wgn America has anything to do with the local wgn in Chicago DMA. So if they got the locals, almost everyone would be happy, and at that point, I don't think DIRECTV would even care if they carried wgn America, which is probably why tribune is holding out till that channel gets included.

    Is the anything on wgn America that isn't on another station in everyone's markets?
  19. Mariah2014

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    All of their programing on wgn america is available elsewhere except for a few games that are not televised in the other teams markets. Only those in those markets would be without those games because the wgn feed is used in mlb.tv.

  20. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    That’s what I was trying to say, the cost of retransmitting the signal far outweighs the $3 DIRECTV charges for it.

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