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  1. And now Hearst is in a potential dispute with Verizon: Verizon Warns Viewers Hearst Signals Could Come Down | Broadcasting+Cable (nexttv.com)
  2. How does a "cluster buster" benefit the station and the advertisers vs. spacing out the breaks?
  3. Any reason why the ads cannot be evenly spaced out? Regardless of when they air, it still pays the station's bills.
  4. What I mean by this is that a station will go to commercial for 2-3 minutes, then 1 minute later go right back to commercial. This results in a 7-minute block where it's 6 minutes commercials, 1 minute actual news. ABC World News Tonight takes it 1 step further, doing a "triple" commercial break between 6:45 and 7 PM Eastern. Wouldn't this hurt the station's viewer ratings? Nobody wants to sit through several minutes of ads - they'll change the channel.
  5. I have a bone to pick about ABC World News Tonight: WHY IS THE BACK HALF SO COMMERCIAL HEAVY????????? There have been several instances where I tune in at 6:47 PM (Eastern), to find the program at a commercial. Sometimes I'll have to wait up to 3 minutes before the news is back. At that point there'll be a short story, then David will say "when we come back..." This is followed by another 3 minutes of commercials. Then 1 minute later ... "WHEN WE COME BACK!" AGAIN!!!!!! I understand that commercials "pay the bills" but why do you have to go B
  6. Did you mean to say there *was* some backlash from NH residents that lost WGBH?
  7. Dropping WCVB in Bristol County, MA and dropping WMUR in Grafton and Sullivan Counties in NH would cause serious uproars in these areas. If programming costs are an issue, wouldn't it make sense for Comcast to drop WMUR in Massachusetts and WCVB in New Hampshire? There are some parts of MA like Framingham and Marblehead that get both, but towns adjacent to these two cities and closer to the NH border (Wayland and Salem) do not.
  8. I've noticed that whenever NBC 10 Boston shows a station ID at the bottom-left of the screen, it reads "WBTS-CD Nashua". 1. What does the "CD" mean? 2. If the station has "Boston" in its branding, why does a city from a different state appear in the ID? During newscasts, I've seen "WBTS-TV Boston" appear on screen - this, I believe, is the correct legal ID.
  9. I have YouTube TV. The DVR does not allow for "padding", even though it auto-extends live sporting events. Get a grip? You don't want to know how many times I've turned on the TV at 5:59 PM only to be "late" for the news. If I turn on the TV at 7:59 PM for a prime-time show at 8:00 PM, I'm on time. And it's not just the news at 6 PM. It's also the newscasts at 4 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. WCVB in Boston used to run a "countdown clock" at 6:59 PM (after the conclusion of ABC World News Tonight) for their 7 PM newscast. Now they start THAT newscast early too, which also
  10. I like to watch the local news at 6 PM, because that half hour also includes sports. Frequently, I don't get home from work early enough to watch it live, so I will set my DVR. Only problem is, the "6 o'clock news" never starts at 6:00 PM, but rather at 5:58 PM. ON ALL FIVE STATIONS IN MY TELEVISION MARKET (Boston). So if I DVR the news at this time, it "misses" the start of the broadcast, sometimes the ENTIRE lead story! Today, WCVB went a step further and started their "6 o'clock news" at 5:57 PM (see the attached image). 180 seconds ahead of schedule. WHY DO MY LOCAL T
  11. Is demand for travel into a major city like Boston, New York, LA, DC *THAT* much less on a Saturday or Sunday morning? I used to work at a supermarket in Mansfield, MA where many of the full-time workers lived in RI. They regularly worked on Saturdays and Sundays (and therefore, had a "commute" those two days) but had two days off during the week.
  12. I've noticed some weird "behavior" with WCVB and WMUR between 7:20 AM and 7:30 AM. This 10-minute segment is very "commercial heavy" on both stations, with about 2 minutes of local news/weather/traffic sandwiched around *8* minutes of commercials. I've noticed the local news cut-in from GMA starts at 7:23 on these stations instead of 7:25, and even more annoying, they go back to commercial within the local news update, separating the "news" and the "weather/traffic" segments. WHY do they do this? you have about 3 minutes of commercials, then 1 minute of news, only to go BACK to
  13. While we're on the topic of traffic anchors on TV stations, why aren't there any traffic anchors on the weekend AM news? Seems kinda weird to me to have weather but not traffic on Sat/Sun mornings...
  14. Is there a significant financial or marketing gain by going "national weather --> ad --> local weather" (in that order) vs. "national weather --> local weather --> ad" during the 7:00-7:30 half hour? Seems very weird to me.
  15. I've noticed some weird quirks about the weather hits during Today: 1. During the 7:00-7:30 half hour, the weather hit is around 7:17. During the 7:30-8:00 half hour, the weather hit is around 7:35 AM, just 5 minutes after coming back from a local station break. Why is this? Doesn't it put a strain for the meteorologists at the local NBC affiliates since they're not evenly spaced out? 2. Why does Al Roker NOT say "here's what's happening in your neck of the woods" during the 7:00-7:30 half hour? It seems so weird for him to say something along the lines of "now here's your loca

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