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Gannett Broadcasting and DirecTV contract

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by trh, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Nov 30, 2012 #41 of 123
    MysteryMan

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    +1......That's one of the reasons why I won't switch to DISH.
     
  2. Nov 30, 2012 #42 of 123
    hdtvfan0001

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    Very good questions left unanswered by the FCC.
    That certainly seems to be the case here...
    I suspect a longer list can be constructed. :D

    In the mean time...we'll see this unfolds this weekend.
     
  3. Nov 30, 2012 #43 of 123
    MikeW

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    I'd only care to watch NBC if SF is on SNF. That happens on 12/16. I'll watch it using the antenna. KPNX is not a channel I'll miss.
     
  4. Nov 30, 2012 #44 of 123
    Red Dog

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    This is what I don't understand for cable and sat. That and why local channels would try and make it harder for people to watch their channels - it simply hurts their ratings, which is where their money is made. It's a mutually beneficial relationship.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2012 #45 of 123
    wcr

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    In 1998, the laws changed allowing broadcast stations to take one of two positions, Consent to Retransmit or Must Carry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Must-carry
     
  6. Nov 30, 2012 #46 of 123
    HoTat2

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    Which is actually a fair law I'd say;

    Where the problem comes in is when station(s) (or its ownership group) chooses the "consent to retransmit" option as most do, and the DBS/CATV/Telco providers refuse to pay the asking price. They have to remove the station from their system, but are not allowed by law to supplement those stations with out of market local programming such as DNS service so you may still get the network programs which is what subscribers really want.

    Therefore these greedy station ownership groups know this and are exploiting this law that was never intended for this purpose to extort ever increasing fees from the providers.
     
  7. Nov 30, 2012 #47 of 123
    hallrk

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    I think that answers the question I was going to ask. Could DTV put on the national feed of CBS in place of WUSA? Sounds like they cannot. I hope they settle this today or I'm not going to be happy at all. Two games tomorrow I would like to watch on WUSA. The UK/Baylor basketball game. Then the SEC championship game at 4 pm. There's going to be a lot of unhappy people if they can't watch the latter,for sure.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2012 #48 of 123
    sdirv

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    Par for the course for Gannet I guess....

    While back their local newspaper here nearly doubled the cost of a subscription when they added internet services whether you wanted/used them or not.

    I mean seriously...I get the paper 3 days a week (mainly for the Sunday coupons and store ads and you want to double my bill so I can use you phone app if I want (which I never did...mainly because it was lame).

    Was like pulling teeth to get my subscription cancelled. I talked to one of my neighbors...he had such a hard time cancelling his subscription that he just quit paying them. Paper came for another 2 weeks....then they sent him to collections for his 'unpaid bill".
     
  9. Nov 30, 2012 #49 of 123
    StephenJC

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    How would this affect the ondemand channels? 1004 or 1007. Would they be blocked during this?
     
  10. Nov 30, 2012 #50 of 123
    Stuart Sweet

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    Probably not.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2012 #51 of 123
    HoTat2

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    No, under penalty of law DIRECTV cannot bypass the local stations that way with out of market locals from DNS service for instance to the affected Gannet held DMAs.

    This is the key to their leverage over the providers in these disputes which the government (as expected :rolleyes:) helps them by protecting these obsolete dinosaur local broadcast stations and not repealing this outdated law.
     
  12. Nov 30, 2012 #52 of 123
    twiseguy

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    Same here with me in Ohio. I don`t need to watch anything on WKYC NBC Ch.3 Cleveland. I hardly ever watch it at all, now that I`m thinking about it.
     
  13. Nov 30, 2012 #53 of 123
    zimm7778

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    I went out and bought an antenna today so if anything happens I'd still have the local one they own. Got it home, plugged it in, and every channels works with no problem except 1...our Gannett owned CBS channel for which I bought the antenna for!
     
  14. Nov 30, 2012 #54 of 123
    stevec328

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    Well, that s*cks. Sounds about like my luck. I'm going to wait and see if they resolve this quickly. If not, I'll be putting up an antenna for my local NBC Gannett owned station ( WBIR Knoxville). Wife's got to have the Today show.
     
  15. Nov 30, 2012 #55 of 123
    KyL416

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    Tampa's CBS station is on VHF, unfortunately many antennas marketed as "HDTV" or "Digital" are UHF only despite the fact that nearly every market has at least one VHF station. If it's just the CBS station you need, try getting a pair of rabbit ears.
     
  16. Nov 30, 2012 #56 of 123
    lwilli201

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    The local stations contend that the cable and satellite companies make a profit from showing their content. They want part of that profit.
     
  17. Nov 30, 2012 #57 of 123
    stevec328

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    I just hooked up an antenna to pick up my local NBC ( WBIR Channel 10 Knoxville ) and guess what? Directv has the Directv promise channel overriding my ota channel ( 10-1 ) and I cannot pick up programming ota. I have emailed both Directv and WBIR to see if anything can but done but I am not hopeful. I was really trying to stay neutral in this, but it may cause me to ditch Directv after 12 years. Not happy about this at all.
     
  18. Nov 30, 2012 #58 of 123
    dxtrfn80

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    In Caswell, Rockingham, Patrick and Alleghany counties they also get WDBJ also so they won't be shut out if WFMY is taken off DTV tonight.
     
  19. Nov 30, 2012 #59 of 123
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    IIRC if you use the all channels option for the guide you'll see two 10-1's in it, the first is their channel, the second should be the OTA version of WBIR.
     
  20. Nov 30, 2012 #60 of 123
    stevec328

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    Thank you. You are correct. And thanks for the quick reply. Now I'm off to go take a blood pressure pill. :D
     

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