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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. Apr 1, 2012 #341 of 862
    inkahauts

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    $50 from DIRECTV will get you an am21. Ad if you called in and complained enough about it, they might be willing to give you one for free for all this mess. Heck, I might call in just to see if they are doing anything like that.

    And and your wife would have zero chance of getting out of that contract for free.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2012 #342 of 862
    cmasia

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    Paul,
    If you go back and read the post above mine, you'll get the sarcasm I was aiming for....

    ....and apparently missed!

    Cheers.
     
  3. Apr 1, 2012 #343 of 862
    inkahauts

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    Uh, the rule is they can't yank the channels without waring the customers. I don't think there is a single retransmission deal still in effect today that was signed before the 1992 rule went into effect.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2012 #344 of 862
    Alan Gordon

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    I'd be royally TICKED off if I lost The CW in HD (I only get mine in SD), but since I only lost WGN America, I hope DirecTV plays MAJOR hardball with them. :D

    ~Alan
     
  5. Apr 1, 2012 #345 of 862
    inkahauts

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    I suspect there will be a deal by the time may sweeps start, tribune can't afford the loss of ad rates from a bad may sweeps.
     
  6. Apr 1, 2012 #346 of 862
    carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    Just hit up antennaweb to see what I would need to pull in my Tribune owned Fox station, KSWB. Here's the results I got:

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    Would that qualify me for DNS? Also, there is a small airport withing a mile of my location. Would their signals affect this?

    I may be a geek, but I'm very much a n00b at this. :grin:
     
  7. Apr 1, 2012 #347 of 862
    tzphotos.com

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    I'm surprised no one has brought this up. This is one of the most elaborate April Fools jokes I've seen in a long time.:lol:
     
  8. Apr 1, 2012 #348 of 862
    Alan Gordon

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    I'd be surprised if it lasted longer than two weeks...

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  9. Apr 1, 2012 #349 of 862
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    OK, I must be thinking of something else. I thought a ruling was put in effect in response to one of the more recent disputes (might have been the Dish/Viacom one, but I don't remember which one for sure) that was intended to prevent this sort of practice from happening. And when the Fox issue happened, there was a report that mentioned the FCC rule and stated that it didn't apply because it wasn't retroactive.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2012 #350 of 862
    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    Lost the Mets game.
     
  11. Apr 1, 2012 #351 of 862
    ericcooper1956@att.net

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    I fear that this is true. This is a test case for their bankruptcy creditors.
     
  12. Apr 1, 2012 #352 of 862
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    No, if you are in a market where locals are offered, you can't get DNS.
     
  13. Apr 1, 2012 #353 of 862
    ericcooper1956@att.net

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    They go by cities and markets and generalities, not by your individual situation. For example, I live in Orange County, CA which is part of the Los Angeles Designated Market Area (DMA). This morning I lost KTLA's OTA signal, for some reason, which happens on occasion. If I had called DirectTV for a waiver at that moment, they and KTLA would deny it because (A) I am geographically in their Grade B signal contour and, (B) I am well within the Los Angeles DMA. It doesn't matter that at my individual location I cannot at certain times get an OTA signal.

    BTW, I got this signal back after repositioning the antenna. But you get my point.
     
  14. Apr 1, 2012 #354 of 862
    Davenlr

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    Technically, that is not true. Even if you are in the stations grade A service area, if you pay for, and can prove, that your location is not able to receive a signal, you can get DNS. The catch, however, is the government never set up an independent testing network in place, and what you would end up needing to do was hire an independent contractor with government approved signal measuring equipment, and take their results, and go to court with the TV station and get a court order to force the station to give you a waiver.

    Amazing what N.A.B. money can accomplish.

    It would be less expensive to just put up a 10' C band dish, and watch DNS free.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=68880
     
  15. Apr 1, 2012 #355 of 862
    tonyd79

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    So did the Mets.
     
  16. Apr 1, 2012 #356 of 862
    Mike Bertelson

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    Opening Day is on SNY so everyone should be able to see that at least.

    The first WPIX game is a couple of weeks into the season.

    Mike
     
  17. Apr 1, 2012 #357 of 862
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    the antenna is another 30 or more, not to mention, shipping times etc. and as I said in another post, you don't know my wife, she would be gone and their would be no fee. at any rate, it sucks all around for everyone. But I fully agree that the stations can't bully the content providers or things will get out of hand quickly.
     
  18. Apr 1, 2012 #358 of 862
    sigma1914

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    Unless your wife works at DirecTV, she wouldn't get you out of the ETF. The TOS is there for a reason. ;)
     
  19. Apr 1, 2012 #359 of 862
    ericcooper1956@att.net

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    average viewers like me cannot afford all of that:nono2:
     
  20. Apr 1, 2012 #360 of 862
    inkahauts

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    well, there is no shipping from Directv for the am21, but yeah, if you don't have an antenna, you may need to get one. Although, if you live in the right spot, a paperclip would do :)

    I am sure she gets her way a lot, but this would not be one of those cases... The only thing I have never heard of anyone getting around in terms of fees with Directv. ;)
     

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