Local retrans fees now over $20

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by slice1900, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

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    Who cares what happened 6 years ago? We are talking about the last two years. And DirecTV has crashed and burned. Why else do you think AT&T is trying to get rid of it? Because it is doing so great?
     
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    It's more like AT&T turning gold into lead rather than DIRECTV crashing and burning.
     
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  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Blatantly false trolling and replies to such removed. Lets try to avoid such posts on our forum.
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I went with Entertainment to get out of the RSN fee. I guarantee I would drop the locals for another $21 bill drop if they offered it. I get 40+ channels with my antenna and Tivo Premier. The picture quality is much better on the Tivo also.
    If there was some way to get CNN, ESPN, FS1, NBCSN directly via streaming, I would not need DirecTv at all.
     
  5. mitchflorida

    mitchflorida Godfather

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    Sling TV.
    $45 a month.
     
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  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    I looked at that before signing up for DirecTv. $45 plus $10 for sports, +$5 for news, +$5 for DVR... getting almost as much as I am paying now, plus the reviews said one of the packages of the two only allow one stream at a time. I need 4 from 6pm to 8pm. Ill check them out again when my contract is up though.
     
  7. techguy88

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    • Sling Orange: 1 device stream per account - These channels are limited to 1 active stream at a time. So if someone in your household wants to watch Monday Night Football on ESPN and a child wants to watch Disney at the same exact time you can't do that.
    • Sling Blue: 3 device streams per account - You can have three active streams at the same time (i.e. so one person can watch NFL Network another can watch NBC Sports Network and another could watch Discovery.
    • Sling Orange + Blue: Channels only available in the Orange tier are limited to 1 active stream, Channels only available in the Blue tier are limited to 3 active streams. Channels in both tiers have up to 4 active streams (if you have the guide set to show duplicates of Orange & Blue channels.
      • So AMC is available in both Orange & Blue tiers, if someone is watching the Orange stream of AMC instead of the Blue stream no one can watch something from ESPN, Disney, Freeform, etc. To prevent this you can set your Sling guide to hide the Orange duplicates but this means you can't take advantage of that extra 4th stream for those channels if needed.
     
  8. dtv757

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    Sorry for going too far in the past but way back in the day wasn't there a "Total Choice " package w/ and w/o locals ?



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  9. catocony

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    I could have sworn there used to be a fee for locals, like $3.00 or something.

    In some ways I view this as the cost of not watching commercials by DVRing everything. Still, the cost to watch NBC or CBS is getting close to the cost to watch HBO or Starz.
     
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  11. krel

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    moons ago maybe they were 3.00:D. i think every provider should go the way dish went and let you remove them and save the money;). there 16.50 with spectrum
     
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  12. NR4P

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    Sat. Providers make $ on local charges. Whether they charge $12 or $20, we don't know what they actually pay and what markup they have.
    Anyone research any of the companies such as Nexstar, Hearst, Raycom or others and find any information on local retransmission fees disclosed?
     
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    And this is different from the cable companies that charge $20+ for local channels how?
    You're not likely to find this information as the terms of such agreements are usually covered by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
     
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    The cable and satellite companies paid $11.72 billion in 2019 for local channel retransmission. That number continues to increase. An estimated $3.57 billion was passed back to the networks by local affiliates - networks that continue to demand more of such fees.

    The on bill acknowledgement of the cost has also grown. As cable and satellite companies struggle to explain their high cost of subscriptions in a market filled with lower content upstarts selling less content at lower prices the cable and satellite companies want people to know that most of their subscription fees are being passed through to the channels.

    I know that the fee is not the exact cost of delivering the channels - but I believe that it is a fair representation based on the underlying costs.
     

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