Retransmission Consent squabbles

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  1. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    In this day and age, it seems like a way of life that programmers and their distributors can't get along. Unless you're an Xfinity Customer (who seems to never have this issue, and simply jacks up a user's rate when a company wants more $$) blackouts are more and more common.

    This thread is meant to be a place to notify other users of impending blackouts, their status, and if they've been resolved, or on their way to being resolved.
     
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    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    ...and Meredith is another company that is having issues with AT&T, and by what is being circulated out there, could do the same any second now.

    As a DirecTV customer who gets one of their stations (WALA), this one came out of the blue. My only notification was reading about it in the trades, the "alert" channel popping up on 10-1, and a brief popup on their website, and other Meredith-owned stations.

    As of this posting, WALA is still up on DirecTV and there is no mention of any dispute and/or resolution to the matter.
     
  4. ColDayNews

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    The Dispatch stations have been off of Directv and AT&T for almost a month...

    The last major retransmission squabble between Dispatch and a major provider was in 2000... between them and Time Warner. Time Warner refused to carry ONN in the Columbus market, so if I recall correctly, Dispatch briefly pulled WBNS until ONN was carried.

    No mention of a resolution thus far.
     
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    Altice USA (formerly Cablevision) may lose WABC and other Disney stations including Disney, Freeform, ESPN etc. on Oct. 1. The Optimum coverage area is most of metro NY (DMA 1) except Manhattan and some areas of NJ.
     
  9. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    It looks like Meredith has reached a deal with DirecTV (and UVerse)
    https://tvanswerman.com/2017/09/22/does-directv-have-a-deal-with-merediths-17-local-stations/

    This is the most vague and under-the-radar retransmission squabble yet. Meredith has done a poor job keeping viewers informed from the short notice to the lack of warnings on-air and online.


    Meanwhile, Raycom is still kicking the can with AT&T. Now they are on good terms until the 27th at 8pm ET.
    http://www.ourlocalcommitment.com/woio-wuab/

    I've seen crawls on both WDAM and WLOX OTA. At least they're making an effort to keep viewers informed.
     
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    Dispatch and DIRECTV still haven't reached a deal. On 10TV News a few weeks ago, they even suggested affected viewers get an antenna to pull in WHIO out of Dayton for Bengals games.

    Saw an ad during the Y&R station break from WBNS urging viewers to get Spectrum, WOW, or use an antenna. This is the LONGEST i've seen negotiations stall
     
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  13. tyrannical bastard

    tyrannical bastard Assistant VP of Aspect Ratio Correction

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    And this includes the WSEE feed for Puerto Rico....

    Not exactly the best timing, but then again, given the current situation there, few may be able to watch TV in the first place.


    UPDATE: Lilly has allowed the Puerto Rico & VI stations to continue airing on Dish for now...
     
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    Altice (Optimum) and Disney have a tentative deal just before the deadline yesterday. No blackouts for WABC-TV, Disney, ESPNs, Freeform, etc.
     
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    Didn't Dispatch have a thing with Dish a few years back? I can clearly remember WTHR talking about being pulled from Dish Network....

    I guess I'm just not as far in on TV news operations, but how does this work? Does American Spirit have different contracts from Raycom?

    So if Mission has a dispute with DirecTV, for example, Nexstar stations would continue to stay?
     
  16. compubit

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    You're correct. American Spirit and Raycom are 2 totally independent entities and each has to negotiate their own carriage agreements (Same for Mission/Nexstar and Sinclair/Cunningham). The "side car" stations may be run out of the other station (for example, the Raycom station provides Master Control and Playout services to the American Spirit station for a fee, provides a newscast for a fee, etc.), but other entities (marketing) are supposed to be completely independent (they may be independent, they may be linked at the hip...).

    Many times (but not always) the main station (Raycom, Nexstar, Sinclair, etc.) is a Big 4 station (with an easier carriage mandate), and the side-car station (American Spirit, Mission, Cunningham) is an independent/CW/MyNet station (with less of a desire to pay [as much as the bigger station]). Hope this helps.

    Jim
     
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    Also, the sales staff may nominally be employed by the sidecar owner. In the NPG Yuma-El Centro cluster, Blackhawk Broadcasting (Brian Brady) handles sales for KYMA and KSWT. The sales staff are not NPG employees. NPG handles everything else for those stations, however.
     
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    I meant sales - too late on a Saturday night... I thought that some of the new rules required the sales staffs to be fully separate.
    Jim
     
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    Any update on Spectrum-Viacom disputes?
     

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