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Raycom stations may drop from Dish at midnight (and now back on Dish again)

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by FTA Michael, Jul 31, 2013.

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    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    DISH and Raycom Reach Agreement in 36 Markets

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & MONTGOMERY, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) and Raycom Media, Inc. today announced an agreement regarding the continued retransmission of Raycom TV stations in 36 markets. Service to DISH customers in the affected markets is expected to be restored overnight.

    Terms of the agreement between DISH and Raycom were not disclosed.

    About DISH
    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.014 million satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life®. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

    About RAYCOM
    Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation's largest broadcasters and owns and/or provides services for 52 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. Raycom stations cover 12.6% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 3,600 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports and Tupelo-Honey Productions.
    Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.

    Source: DISH Network Corporation
     
  2. sregener

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    Let's be clear about what the problem is. Right now, programming providers hold all the cards. When their contracts come up for renewal, the channels customers really want are frequently tied to ones they don't. By withholding rights to a popular channel, providers lose those customers to someone else who has what the channels they want. Costs go up and we, the end users, get squeezed.

    Cutting the cord ends the game of paying for what you don't want. You hold all the cards. You decide what you want to buy, and that's what you pay for. Everything else can be someone else's problem. And as I have steadfastly maintained, the cost of streaming a program you want to watch is dramatically higher than what the channel in question receives from you in subscription fees. What the traditional revenue stream of subscribers offers is a steady, guaranteed income. There is no reason to think that customers would suddenly be willing to pay $19.95/episode if they were no longer paying for cable, or that they would accept paying $90/month to Netflix, unless Netflix offered exactly as many "Free" (in reality, prepaid) programming choices as cable does now.

    I'm not expecting cord cutting to reduce the typical viewer's budget to zero. There's a better way to do that: stop watching television. But since very few people do that, I'm being realistic.

    I don't really want to cut the cord. I like pay television service and what it gives me. I don't think I could save money by cutting the cord, even if all my sports programming suddenly became available via streaming. I wish it was cheaper and that we didn't see the fragmentation of sports programming, where more and more channels are needed to see the events I care about. But the fact that I'm still a pay television customer clearly shows that on balance, I'm still here. It's the moaners and whiners who need to cut the cord. If things are as bad as they say (and typically it's sports programming they complain about paying for) then they need to fish or cut bait. There's no longer any reason to be held hostage by the pay television industry. It's like I used to say: "How do you know if you're in a rut or a groove? The difference is whether you want to be there or not." Too many people are complaining about being in a groove.
     
  3. 4bama

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    Yes, this is the announcement here locally:

    In an emailed statement Friday night, spokesman John Hall said Montgomery-based Raycom Media and DISH have come to a distribution agreement regarding the retransmission of Raycom TV stations in 36 markets, including Huntsville's WAFF-48, WBRC in Birmingham, WDFX in Dothan and WSFA in Montgomery.
     
  4. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    As for the current raycom vs dish dispute It appears to me this is going to be resolved later than sooner. I think both sides have their heels dug in.


    You were saying?
     
  5. James Long

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    It is later than you think. :)

    Glad to see the channels back ... lets watch TV!
     
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  6. SayWhat?

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    I always like to know who blinked.
     
  7. James Long

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    You are rarely satisfied. Most negotiations that end with a deal end with either a joint press release or statements from both sides that are either so generic that no one knows who "won" or have both sides claiming "victory".

    This deal seems to be the generic "it is over" type of announcements. "Terms of the agreement between DISH and Raycom were not disclosed."
     
  8. rtd2

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    Duh! Reverse psychology 101- if I would have said "its been over a week I expect a deal any day now" then we would still be talking about the dispute Wairing on a deal! :)
    I'm glad its over kuddos to dish for getting the locals back to their customers
     
  9. James Long

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    rtd2, please make a comment about the FS 1 contract being resolved later than sooner. I'd like your magic lightning to strike twice. :D
     
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  10. rtd2

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    That's a lot to ask for the pressure messes w/ my crystal ball. I got a feeling fox heels are dug in and we are in for a long wait. :D
     
  11. James Long

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    Thanks. :righton: :righton: :righton:
     
  12. rtd2

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    Glad I could do my part :D
     
  13. Stewart Vernon

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    Now try it for ESPNUHD, Watch ESPN, and the other Disney/ESPN/ABC HD feeds!

    Go for the hat trick!

    :)
     
  14. James Long

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    That one is a little more difficult as the channels have been off since 2010. We have already met the definition of a long wait, so saying it will be a long wait is already true. :(
     
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  15. rtd2

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    no way I'm not touching that one. :D
     

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