here we go again, TEGNA contract with DirecTV expired - Renewed 12/20

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  1. Nov 26, 2020 #1 of 236
    Willh

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    Here we go again, another dispute between TEGNA where the contract is set to expire soon and demand a deal to be reached or blackout happens

    This time, the deal ends on November 30 at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/6 PM MT/5 PM PT.

    In my area, Dallas-Fort Worth, WFAA Channel 8 is impacted by the dispute.

    In fact the slate is up at channel 8-9 saying this

    "We're disappointed to see TEGNA, the owner of this channel bring our customers into the middle of private negotiations. We want to keep the TEGNA stations in our lineup. We are working to avoid any unnecessary disruptions and appreciate your patience while we work this matter out with TEGNA.

    Please visit tvpromise.com for more information."

    WFAA's version of the TEGNA statement:
    | wfaa.com

    AT&T's statement on the TV Promise ls site:
    /https://www.att.com/tvpromise



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  2. Nov 26, 2020 #2 of 236
    Mark Holtz

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    How much is Locast again?
     
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    BLMN

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    RAD

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    They own our ABC (KVUE) in Austin so looks like my Tablo will being some action.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2020 #5 of 236
    harsh

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    Isn't this thread getting a little ahead of itself?

    Contracts ending probably shouldn't summarily be associated with blackouts.

    That said, It is always good to be prepared.
     
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  6. Nov 26, 2020 #6 of 236
    James Long

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    It is always possible that there will be an extension or an agreement ... but when one is approaching the final days of a contract and the parties start warning their viewers/customers it is reasonable to take such warnings as serious.
     
  7. Nov 26, 2020 #7 of 236
    GlennDio

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    my nbc station in Denver is on this list but I have no worries since I got an LCC the last time this happened ... best thing in the world if you are close enough to get the stations with rabbit ears ... even if the stations never go away for the following reasons 1) if its raining/storming and the station is unwatchable even for a few minutes you go right to X-1 and you are there 2) you can watch subchannels and have the guide data easily available and 3) you can record from subchannels. it works great (although if the picture seems jittery just pause for a second and press play again and it will be fixed. I would ask for one now if it will work for you just incase.
     
  8. Nov 26, 2020 #8 of 236
    Phil T

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    I have always had an antenna connected to my main TV when I had satellite or cable. I have used it numerous times with both, during storms with satellite and outages with cable. I also have a lifetime Tivo Bolt DVR that works with cable and antenna. If/when Comcast gets too pricy I will hook it up OTA.

    I will say the banner on KUSA is annoying and comes through on Comcast.
     
  9. Nov 26, 2020 #9 of 236
    Mark Holtz

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    One of the first things I did when I moved in was ensure that there was an outdoor antenna installed with a cable run to both the den and master bedroom. I really need to investigate getting a tuner that hooks up to my Plex server and my home network.

    My mother is a AT&T Now subscriber, and all she watches is Hallmark though.
     
  10. Nov 27, 2020 #10 of 236
    techguy88

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    Not really usually when things get to this point the chances of both sides reaching an extension/agreement becomes slim. AT&T's dispute with Sinclair was a rarity in recent times where they kept extending until they reached a deal. AT&T's 2019 dispute with Nexstar was the opposite that turned into a 2 month blackout.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2020 #11 of 236
    Rob37

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    I have 2 local stations in my market that are Tegna owned and could be affected by this in the Memphis market. They are ABC 24 & CW30. Ironically last year ABC 24 & CW30 were owned by Nexstar when they had that contract dispute & we were without those 2 channels last year nearly 2 months late in the summer. Now we could be without them again because Tegna purchased them late last year. So frustrating especially with Holidays approaching.
     
  12. Nov 27, 2020 #12 of 236
    CTJon

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    Two also in the Portland ME area
     
  13. Nov 27, 2020 #13 of 236
    dtv757

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    Seeing a special alert channel for my local Tegna WVEC 13-9

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  14. Nov 27, 2020 #14 of 236
    techguy88

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    In the Memphis DMA Nexstar sold WATN (ABC) and WLMT (CW) because they wanted to keep the Tribune station they acquired WREG (CBS). Legally the market could not support a triopoly because there needs to be 8 unique full power station owners in a market.

    Although in this particular market it would not help switching from DirecTV to Dish Network because Dish & Nexstar have until 12/2/20 to reach a new agreement/extension to avoid a blackout. If both DirecTV and Dish fail to reach new agreements with Tenga & Nexstar respectively this means WATN/WLMT will be blacked out on DirecTV and WREG blacked out on Dish. Although both of their websites are telling customers to switch to the competing satellite company to keep just their local rofl.
     
  15. Nov 27, 2020 #15 of 236
    techguy88

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    I don't think you plan on switching providers but for others who may lurk/read this in your market here is a heads up. This is a Tenga & Nexstar market:
    AT&T-Tenga affected station: WVEC (ABC)
    Dish-Nexstar affected station: WAVY (NBC) / WVBT (Fox)

    Something tells me AT&T and Dish retention agents will have the work cut out for them if both go into a blackout.
     
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  16. Nov 27, 2020 #16 of 236
    dtv757

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    Nope not leaving DirecTV lol. Hopefully one day fios will be available so I can finally cut and burn this docsis line connected to my house to Hell ! But thats another story

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  17. Nov 28, 2020 #17 of 236
    Willh

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    so is Dallas, as KDAF is now own by Nexstar via the Tribune merger (Nexstar of course is based in the DFW area, so that means KDAF is in their home market) and WFAA is TEGNA owned. so that means which ever satellite providers you have, you will lose a channel. so pretty much the only providera not impacted by a carriage dispute of local channels is pretty much Charter Spectrum , Suddenlink and the lesser known cable providers in the area.

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  18. Nov 28, 2020 #18 of 236
    Rob37

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    Well this is why we need Distant Network Service to be allowed to come back in certain cases. Like in my situation. I live in an extreme rural area that is serviced by Memphis Locals. An Antenna does me no good because I live 80 miles away from Memphis & cannot pick up any locals over the air. It's too far away. The worst law ever for television is to not allow people to subscribe to distant network service if they choose to.
     
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  19. Nov 28, 2020 #19 of 236
    poppo

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    Getting the alert for CBS here in San Antonio area. Luckily I already have a LCC from when we lost The CW a while back. Eventually got that channel back, but it was down for a few months.
     
  20. Nov 29, 2020 #20 of 236
    Mark Holtz

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    I've been considering purchasing a SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR5-4US Connect Quatro 4 Channel Tuner and hooking it up to my home network. Either that, or getting a Locast account and utilizing the Locast 2 Plex plugin. The challenge with both solution is that, outside of the Dallas Cowboys games (blame my next door neighbor) and severe weather coverage, I'm not watching OTA programming at all. My office television is the only television of the three in my home without a OTA antenna connection.
     

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