Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:08 AM
What are your thoughts about this ordeal?
Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:12 AM
Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:41 AM
It's DISH. So i'm not surprised that it's happening. Now this will be interesting in Columbus as nearly half of the OTA stations will disappear off of DISH Network ( WSYX [ABC], WTTE [FOX], WWHO[The CW] ) .... I think we will notice that one! This on top of their issues with AMC Networks among others.
Nashville will be affected in the same way as Columbus, since Sinclair owns WZTV (Fox) and WUXP (MyNetworkTV), and operates WNAB (The CW), so Dish customers in that city will only get network programming from NBC, ABC and CBS. Incidentally, this is the second time this year that Dish has gotten into an impasse over retrans that led to a network affiliate removed, since NBC station WFMJ/Youngstown has been off Dish since July 6.
Funny thing that when I saw the message about the dispute with Dish here on KOKH (Fox) and KOCB (The CW), the message made it seem that Sinclair just simply waved that metaphorical white flag, bluntly saying that they wouldn't reach a deal with Dish (no optimism whatsoever), instead of just saying that there only is a possibility that a deal might not be reached like other station groups do and what Sinclair has done in the past. Oddly, the message regarding the dispute differs depending on whether you see it, when shown on KOKH and KOCB, it mentioned specifically that viewers could still view those stations on our city's two primary pay TV providers, Cox and AT&T U-verse, but the message shown on the station's website (and likely the website's of Sinclair's other stations) is more generic:
Attention Dish Network Subscribers: Beginning August 16th, this station no longer expects to be carried by the Dish Network. We apologize for this inconvenience and suggest Dish subscribers make alternative arrangements to ensure their continued ability to watch this station.
We will continue to be available from DirectTV [sic], your local cable company, AT&T U-Verse / Verizon FIOS (if applicable}, and over the air. It is only Dish subscribers who may no longer be able to watch this station on Dish after August 15th.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:31 PM
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