Michael P said:
I guess I'll lose the OTA guide data if Dish pulls WKBN
I have raised this question long ago before DiRT members were on this forum so I will raise it again and see if any of them will respond.
Why doesn't Dish provide OTA guide data for stations in a Retrans dispute? Is there some sort of legal issue? I would think it would be in Dish's best interest to provide OTA guide data to customers.
Also, Dish should provide free OTA tuners (either the one for the 722K or a DTV Pal for those who don't have receivers that support OTA) to anyone who calls because of a retrans dispute and should be able to receive the channel OTA. The costs associated with that would give Dish negotiation power while making customers happy. Every customer that they can satisfy with OTA makes Dish's sat feed of the channel less valuable. Let's face it, with the higher retrans fees, Dish is making less money on the locals.
I wish I could save $5/month by dropping locals and maybe Dish could charge $1/month so I get OTA guide data. I am lucky in that I am in a good area where I can aim my antennae and get all Baltimore & Washington channels (except WNVC & WNVT) and sometimes I get Lancaster/York PA. I would bet that if I turned my antennae toward Philadelphia, I could get many of those stations as well.
The networks are getting greedy trying to charge their affiliates more to carry their programming and the affiliates have to charge higher retrans fees. Some of them are charging way too much for something that some could receive for free. If more customers were able to use OTA and not have to pay retrans, it would be a win for Dish & the customer; the networks and affiliates would still make money on advertising.