Nexstar Media Group is largest local station blackout in TV history - resolved

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  1. Nov 26, 2020 #1 of 190
    James Long

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    Nexstar Media Group threatens largest local station blackout in TV history, according to DISH

    - Nexstar turns back on public interest obligations, holds local viewers hostage to create negotiation leverage
    - Broadcaster giant demands more than $1 billion for local broadcast station fees


    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexstar Media Group, the largest local broadcast station owner in the nation, is threatening to black out DISH customers' access to 164 local channels in 120 markets across 42 states and the District of Columbia. The broadcast giant is trying to use its market power to demand unreasonable rate increases while intentionally using millions of Americans as pawns in their negotiations. This action by Nexstar would result in consumers being blacked out from the highest number of local broadcast stations in the nation's TV history.

    In recent years, Nexstar went on a $12 billion local broadcast station buying spree to become the largest and most powerful station owner in the country. Now that Nexstar is the biggest in the industry, it is trying to strong-arm companies like DISH to pay outrageous rates and force unprecedented increases onto customers. The broadcaster continues to threaten to blackout its stations from DISH customers to gain negotiation leverage in an effort to line its wallet with viewers' hard-earned money — a tactic it used last year against DirecTV and AT&T U-verse.

    "Since becoming the nation's largest local station owner, Nexstar has increased its annual revenue by $1 billion a year. Now, it has set its sights on DISH customers as their next big payday," said Brian Neylon, Group President, DISH TV. "Nexstar is demanding more than $1 billion in fees for its television channels. This shocking increase is the highest we've ever seen. Nexstar is intentionally turning its back on its public interest obligation and instead demanding consumers pay significantly more for the channels they could receive for free over-the-air."

    Nexstar is also forcing DISH to carry WGN America as part of this deal, a channel that has experienced declining viewership in recent years. Nexstar acquired this channel when it bought Tribune last year. Now, the broadcast owner is looking to DISH customers to pay back this investment. Nexstar is demanding a significant payment for this low-rated channel that airs syndicated reruns found on other DISH stations and features a news program that can be accessed for free online.

    "With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect the nation and unemployment on the rise, subscribers need access to their local programming," said Neylon. "Nexstar's tactics are hurting millions of Americans at one of the most difficult times in recent history."

    In an additional hit to customers, Nexstar announced that it is expecting to pay out over $100 million to its shareholders — this is the same money Nexstar is making on the backs of Americans nationwide.

    "It's our goal to reach an agreement with Nexstar that is fair for all parties involved, especially our customers," added Neylon. "We will continue to fight on behalf of our customers to keep TV bills as low as possible, and we hope Nexstar sees how important it is to come to a deal that is beneficial for all."

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  2. Nov 26, 2020 #2 of 190
    James Long

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    Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
    Nexstar Media Group, Inc. is America’s largest local television and media company with 197 full power stations (including partner stations) in 115 markets addressing nearly 63% of US television households and a growing digital media operation. Nexstar’s platform delivers exceptional local content and network programming to inform and entertain viewers, while providing premium, scalable local advertising opportunities for advertisers and brands across all screens and devices.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2020 #3 of 190
    lparsons21

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    Glad I can get all my locals via antenna and tell all the station owners to STFU! This particular group doesn’t affect my market area but if they manage to get big increases you can bet all the others will line up at the trough!
     
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  4. Nov 26, 2020 #4 of 190
    mwdxer

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    Totally agree. These constant disputes are not good for either side. Portland has KOIN/KRCW both Nexstar, so people will lose CBS & CW.
     
  5. Nov 27, 2020 #5 of 190
    grover517

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    Yeah, I stood up an antenna array on my roof years ago when I was still with DirecTV. Between rain/snow fade and what seemed to be never ending disputes with local station owners like Nexstar along with wanting to circumvent sports blackouts by having access to 3 DMA's major network stations using it, the antenna is becoming less of a backup solution and more our go to for major network access.

    As for telling the station owners to STFU, well the jury is still out on that one. As ATSC 3.0 rolls out and becomes more the standard, I can see these same station owners putting things like 4k OTA content behind a paywall while leaving standard HD in the clear so they can satisfy any FCC public access requirements. That would work fine for me since I am good with HD/stereo but others aren't. Suffice it to say, the station owners will find a way to try and monetize everything and push for as much as they possibly can.
     
  6. Nov 27, 2020 #6 of 190
    Tiny

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    I still got a outdoor antenna it’s about 30 years old lol nothing like old technology I always chuckle when people ask me if it’s a HD antenna..
     
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  7. Nov 27, 2020 #7 of 190
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    These stations should be split apart...Never should they be allowed to hold such a market share!
    For the price their asking, it should be commercial free!
     
  8. Nov 27, 2020 #8 of 190
    reubenray

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    I am set up also with an OTA antenna for my local CBS station, but it won't do any good with WGN.
     
  9. Nov 27, 2020 #9 of 190
    Richard

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    Everyone should stand against this. There is absolutely no reason any distributer should have to pay to re-broadcast these channels.
     
  10. Nov 27, 2020 #10 of 190
    James Long

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    Part of the problem with this dispute is the size of Nexstar --- The $1 billion works out to $6 million per station (roughly $500k per station per month if the $1 bullion is an annual fee). Not "pennies a day" - but the expansion for Nexstar combined contracts DISH was paying to multiple companies.

    Any change would need to come from Congress. They are the ones who wrote the laws allowing stations to charge for retransmission. The reasoning is to pay a copyright fee - but it has changed into a profit center for the stations and the networks they carry. Much of what Nexstar charges will be passed back to ABC, CBS, CW, NBC and Fox - And those networks are pushing for higher fees. If you want to stop the distributors from paying fees get Congress to re-write the laws.

    (I would not mind seeing a statutory rate for copyright - paid to all stations not just the ones that hold their signals for ransom. It is unfair for the low rated locally owned stations to be forced to choose "must carry" and get no compensation at all while the more profitable stations can charge as much as the market allows - pushing past the $1 per subscriber rate into fees that cover much more than copyright.)
     
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    Tiny

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    I haven’t watched WGN since they quit broadcasting the Cubs
     
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  13. Nov 27, 2020 #13 of 190
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    Well, if it takes Congress to change the rules then don't hold your breath. Get that outdoor antenna set up. Funny around here with 5 translators and 26 OTA stations, there still only a few people with outdoor antennas. I tell people all of time get that outdoor antenna I will not have to pay for locals. Since the stacking with 3.0 we went from 16 to 26 OTA offerings giving us ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, MYTV, & CW, plus METV, Comet, Stadium, Get TV, Qwest, COZI, Grit, Bounce, Antenna TV, and others. There is no reason why someone could not go with OTA TV, unless in an apt with rules, but there are also some ways around it. Jumping from carrier to carrier wont solve it permanently. Spectrum Cable increases their rates to pay the higher rates, so few disputes, but will that last forever?
     
  14. Nov 27, 2020 #14 of 190
    techguy88

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    FYI for any lurking readers who maybe thinking of cancelling Dish Network for DirecTV, AT&T TV or AT&T TV Now double check your market's other locals. It appears Tenga & Nexstar has a lot of markets where they both own stations. AT&T maybe forced to black out Tenga stations if they don't reach a new deal/extension by November 30, 2020. If both AT&T and Dish have to pull Tenga & Nexstar locals this means both DirecTV will be missing the Tenga station(s) and Dish will be potentially missing the Nexstar station(s) in the same market at the same time.

    Switching providers during these disputes is not the answer.
     
  15. Nov 27, 2020 #15 of 190
    scooper

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    The only way to "win" is to use an OTA antenna for anything local (or at least have it available when needed).
     
  16. Nov 27, 2020 #16 of 190
    mwdxer

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    Like Portland, Tegna owns KGW/NBC and Nexstar owns/CBS KOIN/CW KRCW. Sinclair owns KATU/ABC and Meredith owns KPTV/FOX and KPDX/MYTV. There have been disputes will all of them at different times. I am sure there will be many more. Also if a dispute goes on too long, often DISH may l give up and the service may never return.
     
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    mwdxer

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    Add to that, if you use an OTA antenna, you get the diginets. Dish does carry a few, but many are not carried. For our rural area, 26 offerings are fantastic. I will say one thing, the station owners gave us the free TV out here and it costs hundred's of thousands to install and keep the translators on. They do a great job on keeping them on the air with our stormy weather in the Winter.
     
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  18. Nov 28, 2020 #18 of 190
    BillJ

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    Demands like this are just cutting their own throat, at least in the long run. Advertisers want eyeballs and loosing the various satelite and streaming services cuts eyeballs. At some point advertisers will demand lower ad rates or go elsewhere. Unfortunately, in the short run it's viewers like DISH customers who suffer. Even so, I have to side with Charlie on this one.
     
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  19. Nov 28, 2020 #19 of 190
    ThunderRoad

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    As has been pointed out, Dish isn't the only one going through this. We may be getting to the point where locals aren't available on any service, unless something drastically changes. Where I'm at, after Tuesday, I could be down to just my ABC & NBC affiliate (no CBS, CW or Fox).
     
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    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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