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Fresno, California ABC, NBC, PBS, UPN, Univision*** and Telemundo* (8965 block of channels) now available FOR FREE to all Fresno subscribers. This will remain free until Dish picks up CBS or Fox. At that point the price will be $4.99 a month. And once both are picked up then the price is $5.99. The WB station is owned by the CBS station so it will probably come at the same time as the CBS station (IF Dish can strike up a deal).
***Telemundo and Univision affiliates require a second dish which is ALSO FREE with FREE installation when you order the FREE Fresno locals.

Harrisburg, PA (9615 block of channels) ABC, NBC, PBS and Fox/WB affiliates stations now available to local subscribers for $4.99 a month. The price will increase to $5.99 a month once Dish can strike up a retransmission consent deal with the CBS affiliate. The UPN affiliate is owned by the CBS affiliate so they will probably come at the same time (If Dish can strike up a deal)

HTBA (594) which is the Cyrillic alphabet for NTVA (NTV America) is now in freeview mode for all Dish subscribers at 148° and 61.5°. It will eventually sell for $14.99 a month.

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One has to wonder if one lived overseas, is there a channel you would pay $15/month to see?

I got to thinking, if I were to move out of the US what channel would represent the US... Well I am stumped... I do not think that there is or ever was a representative channel.

I guess if you grow up in these countries with one TV channel for 30 years then move you kinda miss the old single choice.
 

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I'd pay $15/month for NBC, CBS, or ABC. The major broadcast networks offer a variety of wrapped-in-the-flag American programming, with soaps, sports, evening news, prime time shows, and late night shows.

And I grew up in a city where those were the only three choices for 10 years, and the best three choices for another 10 years after that.

I'd also consider paying that much for foreign delivery of ESPN. And HBO, I guess I'm already paying almost that much right here right now! :)
 

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Is there any bad history between E* and Clear Channel? My folks live in Central PA, and I believe the two channels that E* hasn't gotten retrans agreement with, 21 (CBS) & 15 (UPN), are Clear Channel stations.
 

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One has to wonder if one lived overseas, is there a channel you would pay $15/month to see?

I got to thinking, if I were to move out of the US what channel would represent the US... Well I am stumped... I do not think that there is or ever was a representative channel.

I guess if you grow up in these countries with one TV channel for 30 years then move you kinda miss the old single choice.
Several of the foreign channels are government owned and are definately price gouged to bring in income for the government, some of the channels inflate their prices for the US market, and then there are also US Government fees to import some programming.

Some of the basic US cable channels (Hallmark, Discovery, CNBC, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, CNN, and ESPN) are available globally or have "localized" versions (IE: CNBC Asia) and are either FTA or are a very small fee compared to E* prices. Most DBS and Cable Companies carry them in an English package along with British and Australian channels for about the same price E* charges for 1 channel. There is also WorldNet which is FTA, owned by the US Government and has programs from PBS and A&E.

A friend of mine in Palau gets Hallmark(Pacific), Discovery(Asia), CNBC(Asia), MTV(Asia), VH1, Nickelodeon(Pacific), CNN-Int, ESPN, CNN/FN, Fox News, BBC World, ABC (Australian Broadcasting), ABC NBC CBS FOX (all tape delayed), TBN, EWTN-World, and 10 Asian channels and 5 other foreign language channels on their basic cable. They pay $25/mo. They could also get HBO, Showtime, Cinimax, and some foreign movie channels if they wanted.

If your lucky enough to work for the US Government, the Armed Forces, or the Peace Corp you can fet the AFRTS satellite service for free which has Spectrum (Movies), AFRTS-Sports, AFRTS-News, Prime (selected programs from ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, & A&E).
 
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