Retransmission Issue Enters 4th Month

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  1. techguy88

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    Deerfield Media stations that have returned are WJTC-IND, WPMI-NBC Mobile, Alabama, WHAMDT2-CW, WHAM-ABC Rochester, New York, WSTR-MNT Cincinnati, Ohio, KBTV-Fox Beaumont, Texas and KMYS-CW San Antonio, Texas.

    Updated missing station list as follows:

    Stations still in dispute from May 30th and June 10th are:
    Note: All of the following stations are in a LMA/JSA/SSA with Sinclair Broadcasting Group unless noted.
    • Howard Stirk Holdings
      • WWMB-CW Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
      • WEYI-NBC Flint, Michigan
    • Mercury Broadcasting Company, Inc.
      • KMTW-MNT Wichita, Kansas
    • MPS Media, LLC
      • Note: WNBW, WTLF & WSWB are operated by New Age Media, LLC via LMA; certain services provided by Sinclair Broadcasting Group
        • WNBW-NBC Gainesville, Florida
        • WTLF-CW Tallahassee, Florida
        • WSWB-CW Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania
      • WFLI-CW Chattanooga, Tennessee
    • Tennessee Broadcasting
      • WNAB-CW Nashville, Tennessee
    • Roberts Media, LCC
      • KMTR-NBC Eugene, Oregon
    • Waitt Broadcasting, Inc.
      • KMEG-CBS Sioux City, Iowa
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    Other medium to small market disputes unrelated to the ones above:
     
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  2. techguy88

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    Yours is owned my MPS Media which is still in dispute with AT&T.
     
  3. slice1900

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    These stations will probably be back on air pretty soon. The FCC just found for AT&T in a retransmission complaint against these stations, which is pretty rare. This will probably also help push any reluctant members of congress towards a STELAR renewal, since this demonstrates its "good faith" negotiation clause is still needed.

    If they continue to refuse to negotiate with AT&T, the FCC has the power to revoke their broadcast licenses, which I'm pretty sure they would not risk.

    https://www.multichannel.com/news/fcc-finds-for-at-t-in-retrans-negotiation-complaint
     
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  4. JonSamuels

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    I'm not sure when it returned, but KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is back.
     
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  5. James Long

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    “Pay TV titan AT&T is wrong to try and use today’s ruling in the Deerfield Media proceeding at the FCC as justification for Congress to reauthorize STELAR," said Armstrong Williams, owned or Howard Starks Holdings. "STELAR was passed 30-years ago to temporarily give start-up satellite television companies a significantly discounted copyright license to allow them to better compete against big cable monopolies. But the market and media landscape have fundamentally changed over those 30-years. Those start-up satellite companies have become the AT&T/DIRECTV media behemoth, a $235 billion company, and DISH, a $20 billion company. The stations involved in the Deerfield Media proceeding including my Howard Stirk Holdings Flint WEYI NBC25 /CW21 WWMB Myrtle Beach are so tiny compared to these Pay TV giants, there is no calculation supporting their loud cries for government assistance, and STELAR should be allowed to expire as Congress intended.”

    "The size disparity between a behemoth AT&T and a collection of also-ran sidecar TV stations is staggering," said former top FCC official Adonis Hoffman. "For AT&T to cite bad faith in negotiations is like the New England Patriots throwing the red challenge flag against a Pop Warner football team.
     
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  6. tsduke

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    Last Saturday. Noticed by accident. Stupid they can’t communicate.
     
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  7. techguy88

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    From the looks of it they are now negotiating on an individual basis with AT&T instead of a group through that Max Retrans company.

    Honestly Williams makes a good NAB and Sinclair corporate puppet. STELAR is not just about DirecTV and Dish it also affects smaller cable companies as well when stations don't act in good faith. This, right here is the reason that even the cable companies are wanting STELAR renewed. Without STELAR there would have been no complaint AT&T could have filed for the station owners acting in bad faith and this issue will grow to the biggest station groups if STELAR is allowed to sunset.

    In all honestly the cable industry could be okay with getting rid of the distant signals portion they probably just want the good faith negotiation clause kept but until there is a more comprehensive reform of the entire telecommunications act the easiest route is to work with AT&T/Dish to keep renewing STELAR.
     
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  9. James Long

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    Cable has distants? They have "significantly viewed" but those are not distants and are not affected by the expiring part of the law.

    What "good faith" rule will end if STELAR isn't renewed? The last STELAR (2014) directed the FCC to investigate whether or not the FCC rules needed to be changed. The investigation ended in 2016 with the FCC stating that no changes to FCC rules were needed. ( An Update on Our Review of the Good Faith Retransmission Consent Negotiation Rules )

    Per: https://www.multichannel.com/news/s...rectv-for-small-market-remote-area-tv-signals
    "Over twelve years ago, DirecTV told the FCC (as part of a then pending application) that it would deliver local-into-local television service to all 210 DMAs within three years and absolutely no later than 2008," they [broadcasters] pointed out at the time [2015]. "This has not yet happened, and a condition imposed by the FCC in this proceeding will fix that broken promise."

    Don't blame AT&T - it was a DIRECTV claim made in 2003 that should have been completed by 2006 or 2008.
     
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  10. slice1900

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    Why do you keep harping on the Directv not having the 12 small DMAs issue? That's their problem in those markets as it hurts their uptake. Most people don't want DNS instead of their real locals, it is better than nothing but probably doesn't tempt many potential customers and affects very few people anyway since they are all very small markets (one of them has a population of only 4000 people)

    If Directv lost the ability to deliver DNS in those 12 markets it wouldn't even be a rounding error for them in revenue / subscriber losses. If the "good faith" provisions in STELAR were lost it would be a much bigger deal, not just for Directv but for Dish and for cable providers as well.
     
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  11. James Long

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    Do you have answers to the questions asked? Should I ask why you are defending a multi-billion dollar company that can't keep their promises? Are they operating in "good faith"?

    The industry (not me) has made the 12 markets an issue. Please direct your ire toward the networks, the NAB and the thousands of television stations.
     
  12. twaller

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    Looks like Howard Stirk Broadcasting have come to terms with AT&T. WEYI NBC for the Flint,MI market is back.


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  13. captaink5217

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    WSWB is back on in Wilkes-Barre, PA, that happened before and went off the day after, hopefully this time it’s back for real.


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  14. richall01

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    WTLF CW channel 24 it is back on in Tallahassee..
     
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    This might get fixed now...or maybe not:
    https://www.multichannel.com/news/source-deal-struck-stelar-successor-bills

    So while D* may (no longer) care about DNS to truckers & RV's, the way I read this...
    I would think that they are currently serving some short markets w/imported nets...so if they don't get those other 12 markets up, then they'll loose their current ability to continue bringing in those imported nets.
     
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  19. James Long

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    "makes permanent the mandate that broadcasters and MVPDs negotiate in good faith" is the part that relates to this thread. It is good to see that be permanent.
     
  20. slice1900

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    And it was good to see that it actually made a difference for the first time I'm aware of. It still took months of outage before the FCC took notice, so it probably doesn't help that much, but it is better than nothing.

    One thing I'm happy to see in the new legislation is the ability for smaller MVPDs to band together for negotiation purposes. As a customer of Mediacom, who lack the scale of AT&T, Comcast, etc., I'm hopeful they take advantage of this and perhaps future price increases will be a bit smaller.
     

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