I want to make this brief as possible. After much frustration with KCRG and their noted responses to the lack of HD with DirecTV, I sent an email to the station manager. Outlined in the email was the frustration of many people to whom I have communicated. Of those frustrated with this issue, I noted in general family, friends and members of online communities. I did mention DBS as an example of a community where there were frustrated members. As a result, the station manager wanted me to let you in this community who has expressed frustation to know something: Here is the his response in full. Jason, Thanks for your email. I certainly understand your frustrations with not being able to view KCRG’s digital signal on DirecTV. Let me tell you that I am equally frustrated. Please let me take a minute to set the record straight. Your comment that “it all leads back to KCRG” is flawed because you have ignored the facts. Fact, KCRG has requested the same amount of compensation that DirecTV pays many other broadcasters. We know this to be true because we have hired an attorney who has represented hundreds of other stations in markets of all sizes. DirecTV does not like the fact but the reality is our attorney sees almost every retransmission deal between DirecTV and local stations. Fact, KCRG is a locally owned, single station operation. Fact, all of our local competitors are owned by out of state companies who station holdings range from several stations to over 60 stations. We believe that KCRG deserves equal treatment regardless of our size. Fact, KCRG has more viewers than any of the other stations but we are not asking for additional compensation. Who have you talked with at DirecTV? You say that, “they have time and again placed the blame on your shoulders”. Can you provide me with the names of your contacts at DirecTV? Why should we be blamed for simply asking for equal treatment. Have you asked them why they would not give the #1 station in the market the same consideration? Have you asked them what they are paying others? Have they provided you any answers or simply blamed us? I will tell you that we continue to be open to reaching an agreement. Late last year we heard from DirecTV customers that they were being told that DirecTV could not add the KCRG digital signal because they were out of capacity for additional channels in the Cedar Rapids market. I have been assured by DirecTV that this is not the case. Earlier this month I told DirecTV that we are more than willing to bypass the attorney’s and talk directly. No response and I have not heard back from them. The ball is in their court. Those are the facts, we are not hiding anything. I would also remind you and all of the other DBS Talk members of one additional fact. This same situation occurred when DirecTV first offered their “local into local” analog service. After refusing our first compensation request they launched without the KCRG signal. It took almost a year but eventually they agreed to our original request. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I will now look forward to your feedback. Regards, John xxxxxxx (I am not sure if its okay to give out last names, but he is the station manager for KCRG). I will be leaving on business tomorrow. However, I look forward to your feedback before a send a full response to the station manager. Thanks!