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DTV to Begin Negotiations with CBS this Fall

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tds4182, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. tds4182

    tds4182 Legend

    Jul 17, 2003
    There was a mention in an article in the Wall Street Journal today concerning the DTV vs Viacom dispute that DTV begins negotiating this fall with CBS.
  2. PK6301

    PK6301 Legend

    May 16, 2012
    Erie, PA
    I highly doubt these talks will amount to much, But I could be wrong !!
  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    There's rarely a let-up in the action when it comes to carriage contracts. Most content providers aren't able (or don't want to) swing the seven year contracts like Viacom's.
  4. Pepe Sylvia

    Pepe Sylvia Legend

    May 10, 2010
    How many weeks of football will be missed? Back the Brinks truck in CBS.
  5. bills976

    bills976 Godfather/Supporter

    Jun 30, 2002
    If the CBS O&O stations go off the air during the NFL season they had better be prepared for sports bars and individual consumers to throw a fit over the Sunday Ticket blackout policy.

    I am sure they have run the numbers but you have to figure that disputes with the O&O will affect far more customers than the disputes with the affiliates run by Raycom, Belo, Tribune, etc.
  6. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    CBS? That would be a handful (16) of local stations owned by them, CBS Sports Network and (maybe) Showtime. Some of the local stations in big markets, of course.

    Hardly a big deal.
  7. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    You don't think a sports bar could throw up an antenna?
  8. Pepe Sylvia

    Pepe Sylvia Legend

    May 10, 2010
    That's insane. Look at the markets.

    CBS Television Stations consists of 28 owned-and-operated stations, including 16 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, two independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates. Among itsstationsareWCBS-TV (New York), KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV (LosAngeles),WBBM-TV (Chicago), KYW-TV and WPSG-TV (Philadelphia),KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV (Dallas-Ft. Worth), KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV (San Francisco), WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV (Boston), WUPA-TV (Atlanta), WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Detroit), KSTW-TV (Seattle), WTOG-TV (Tampa-St. Petersburg), WCCO-TV (Minneapolis), KCNC-TV (Denver), WFOR-TV and WBFS-TV (Miami), KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV (Sacramento), KDKA-TV and WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh), WJZ-TV (Baltimore), as well as WCCO-TV’s satellite stations KCCO-TV (Alexandria, MN) and KCCW-TV (Walker, MN).

    Sure, no big deal. Also, who owns the network feeds fed to the affiliates for NFL Sunday Ticket?
  9. bills976

    bills976 Godfather/Supporter

    Jun 30, 2002
    That completely depends on line of sight which isn't always easy to attain in the top DMAs. I lived in the NYC DMA for 20+ years and I was never able to pull anything in OTA... and I imagine with the mountains surrounding LA that they will face similar problems.

    CBS is O&O in the following DMAs:
    NYC (#1, Jets home DMA)
    LA (#2)
    Chicago (#3)
    Philadelphia (#4)
    Dallas (#5)
    San Francisco (#6, Raiders home DMA)
    Boston (#7, Patriots home DMA)
    Detroit (#11)
    Minneapolis (#15)
    Miami (#16, Dolphins home DMA)
    Denver (#17, Broncos home DMA)
    Sacramento (#20)
    Pittsburgh (#23, Steelers home DMA)
    Baltimore (#27, Ravens home DMA)

    You have 7 AFC teams with O&O CBS stations in their home DMA, and all of the top 7 markets. It is in the NFL and DirecTV's best interest to settle this quickly...
  10. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    The articles surrounding the Tribune dispute in May also mentioned that Discovery Communications will have to re-negotiated with DirecTV for carriage this year. I am guessing both contracts are due to expire Jan. 1st 2013, so we'll see how things will pan out.
  11. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    The NFL owns the feeds, and DirecTV gets the feeds directly from the networks without having to go through an affiliate. Any CBS (or Fox) affiliates being dropped by DirecTV would have no effect on the NFL Sunday Ticket feeds.
  12. maartena

    maartena Hall Of Fame

    Nov 1, 2010
    Actually, reception in 95% of the Los Angeles area is pretty good.... they put the antenna's on TOP of those mountains. :D

    I am in Orange County, and when I moved in 2010 and I was without TV for 3 days waiting for DirecTV to show up, I jimmy-rigged an antenna out of a few wires and a metal rod INSIDE my house, and I was able to pick up the main networks no problem. There was distortion, but I think that was more because of my McGyvering than the actual reception. I wasn't able to pick up some of the more low-wattage stations though, and NBC was the worst. ABC came in the most clear, CBS was OK. But again, this was a McGyvered antenna, not anything bought in a store.
  13. Richard

    Richard Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    South Texas
    you know, most of the time these contracts get done before the current one expires and we as customers are none the wiser. It is very rare that one, or both sides, don't negotiate in good faith.

    I really don't see the point of starting this thread, when you could have just kept it in the main thread, it's no where near on-topic anymore anyway, this would have fit right in with the theme that thread has taken.
  14. PrinceLH

    PrinceLH New Member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Yes, Sunday Ticket is a contract with the NFL, not CBS. CBS just has the rights to carry the broadcast on their affiliate stations.
  15. espnjason

    espnjason Armchair Referee

    Sep 30, 2008
    With the NFL and college sports aside, CBS does have plenty of good shows on there. I suspect there won't be any mud slinging like with viacom.

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