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  1. Isn't WFMZ just using whatever Accuweather feeds them? Assuming that, I'm not surprised. @WCAUTVNBC10 would know better, though.
  2. Right, but you're using this to make an argument of absence here. I'm 100% sure that everyone who has ever been in the brass at NBC thinks Ansin is a piece of shit. I do not own any television networks and *I* think Ansin is a piece of shit. Regardless, you're right, NBC makes business decisions based on what they think will earn revenue, not who they do or don't like, but... My dude, you're also very wrong. NBC stuck with WHDH because it was the only viable option. Once it stopped being the only viable option, they bounced. This doesn't require such a close reading of the tea leaves.
  3. Okay, hi, everyone. I usually just sit back and watch the frothy rage, but a couple of points. - The Fox purchase of New World prompted CBS to make the affil agreement with Group W. - The CBS-Group W deal flipped WBZ to CBS - At about the same time Fox bought WFXT - So if you're keeping track, every station (except WHDH) and every network (except NBC) had a dance partner in Boston - Hm, interesting - So NBC affiliated with literally the only station left, which was owned by Ed Ansin. Cool So, look. Being excited about this stuff is cool and good, but so is being realistic. Important Business™ causes people and companies that don't like each other much to get in bed together every day. This happened with NBC and WHDH. Suggesting otherwise isn't just silly, it's counterfactual. May I propose that we set this part of the discussion down and go back to the important work of arguing over whether OTA channel numbers matter in a world where I open up DirecTV Now and scroll down to a channel called "NBC" in my alphabetical-by-network-name-ordered channel guide?
  4. I'm pretty sure WBPH's main channel is actually in 720p! They only produce something like 2.5 programs in house using WFMZ's hand-me-down equipment. They pull feeds that are in HD for the rest of their programming, I think. Doesn't it seem more likely to anyone else that WFMZ takes WBPH out to pasture and puts it out of its misery? A duplex on VHF 9 where WFMZ and WLVT keep their subs strikes me as the scenario that makes the most sense.
  5. I'm pretty sure WBPH's main channel is actually in 720p! They only produce something like 2.5 programs in house using WFMZ's hand-me-down equipment. They pull feeds that are in HD for the rest of their programming, I think. Doesn't it seem more likely to anyone else that WFMZ takes WBPH out to pasture and puts it out of its misery? A duplex on VHF 9 where WFMZ and WLVT keep their subs strikes me as the scenario that makes the most sense.
  6. Ty... The meaty parts are behind Fybush's paywall, and while he takes a mean picture of a broadcast tower, I'm pretty meh about paying for his newsletter. Seeing the speculation come from Fybush lends a little bit of credence to it, but still, though, to me that doesn't make sense, considering WFMZ still has KJWP and a low-power transmitter in Philadelphia on RF 45 plus whatever additional spectrum they bought. WFMZ, WBPH, and WLVT are all on WFMZ's tower at South Mountain already, so, yeah, okay, sure. Contours and footprint probably would remain the same. But are there any examples of eight virtual channels (69's 4, 39's 2, and 60's 2) sharing one physical channel anywhere else? Wouldn't there be bandwidth limitations? I don't know enough about this newfangled "H Dee" technology to really know, so someone please educate me, but it doesn't seem like it would work all that well.
  7. Gonna need you to cite your source on that. Why would WFMZ triplex with WBPH and WLVT after they flipped some of the money they made selling their spectrum into buying other spectrum in the Valley AND buying KJWP's spectrum to expand their broadcast footprint south? Isn't WBPH's signal in the VHF band garbage anyway?
  8. This isn't how DMAs work... ETA: This also isn't how must-carry works. There are a boat load of must-carry related reasons why Comcast has to play nice with cable systems to get NBC Boston on their line-ups, none of them having to do with DMA. For much of the southern half of the Boston market and all of Bristol County, MA (which is in the Providence-New Bedford DMA), WJAR is a qualified local station. Systems are only required to carry one qualified local station affiliate of any commercial broadcast network. WJAR would meet that obligation. Beyond that, cable systems are only required to carry a low-power station when they don't have a minimum number of full-power, must-carried stations in their line-up. WNEU isn't a local for areas south of Boston (regardless, I don't think must carry applies to .2 channels), and WBTS-LD is low power, so my understanding is that cable systems south of Boston in either of the DMAs have no obligation to carry NBC Boston at all.
  9. I get what you're saying, but I think you owe NowBergen an apology. From Scott Fybush's NERW, September 18, 2006: Ansin 100% bought WLVI to block NBC from doing same. This is not conjecture.
  10. If hubbed programming is good and convincing enough for the vast majority of iHeartMedia radio stations, it's probably good enough for NBC on TV.
  11. Y'know... I've been wondering if, behind the scenes, Sinclair and WJAR haven't been kicking up some dust about that. They're the legacy NBC 10 in the region, after all. And with how tightly packed the Boston and Providence-New Bedford markets are, there's some significant overlap in northern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. (Edited to fix my outdated recollection of who owns WJAR...)
  12. Which doesn't include Reading and Berks County, which increases 69's target sub-market to 1.2 million. There's some rural parts, sure. But this is a significant chunk of the Philly DMA. Considering the Glendive DMA exists (and that Baltimore and Washington and all the Southern New England DMAs are packed in so tightly), it's a wonder that the Lehigh Valley and Berks County never got spun off into a DMA of their own. ETA: And of the New York DMA -- western New Jersey (mainly Warren County) is also super-served by 69.
  13. Iirc, NBCU aborted a plan to rebrand all of the O&Os as NBC [LOCALITY]. I'm pretty sure WVIT and KNSD were the only O&O properties to change anything on-air, making the switch from NBC 30 to NBC Connecticut and NBC 7/39 to NBC San Diego respectively. NBC Bay Area was already that. This was hand-in-hand with the websites -- which is why they're all nbcnewyork.com, nbcla.com, nbcchicago.com, etc. instead of their channel numbers. Though, I think WCAU advertises nbc10.com on-air, but it redirects.
  14. This is typical of WFMZ -- they've always been first to find creative ways to do the news on a small budget, and then the larger operations start doing the same. I wouldn't be surprised to see bigger-market stations supplement their choppers with drones or replace them entirely in the coming months/years.
  15. As I understand it, they're moving all news operations to the arena, including the primary newsroom.
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