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Something to file under the "already knew that" category: Broadcasters really don't like the pending merger between DirecTV and EchoStar, according to a recent survey conducted by Decisionmark.

Decisionmark, known for its technology and data work in the satellite and broadcast TV businesses, conducted a poll of broadcasters it works with, and found that more than 51 percent of the group is against the DBS deal, while 22 percent were for it and 27 percent expressed no opinion.

Mick Rinehart, senior vice president at Decisionmark, said those who voiced opposition to the pending merger between DBS giants cited increased competition from the small dish as well as "low trust levels" among the merging parties. (Low trust levels? "That's putting it diplomatically," the Decisionmark exec said.) Rinehart released the data during a presentation at this year's DBS Summit in Denver.

EchoStar has said it wants to meet with broadcasters to discuss how a merged DBS platform can deliver locals for all 210 DMAs. It began such meetings at the broadcasters' annual Las Vegas convention in April.

On another merger note, a group of religious broadcasters - the Coalition of Christian Broadcasters - are expected to outline their concerns with the deal during a press conference outside the Justice Department on Thursday.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 

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Sheesh! These are the same upstanding
broadcasters that pollute the publicly-owned
airwaves with a constant stream of soured
garbage. The only reason I even pay for locals
is news and weather.


Nickster :smoking:
 
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