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On 1/13/2021 at 2:17 PM, mvcg66b3r said:

 

In the article it mentions KPTH in Sioux City IA - that's FOX; CBS is KMEG, owned by Waitt Broadcasting and run by Sinclair. You think Sinclair might move CBS to a KPTH subchannel like it's done in other markets?

 

It’s happening on February 4 2021

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Current full list:   Sinclair Beaumont–Port Arthur TX: KBTV 4.1 (Fox) to KFDM 6.3 (Dabl to 4.1) Cedar Rapids: KFXA 28.1 (Fox) to KGAN 2.2 Charleston WV: WVAH 11.1 (Fox)

This is basically the M.O. for Sinclair/Gray/etc to skirt duopoly rules. Strip the intellectual property from one station, put it on a .2 on the senior partner and/or an LP, and now you have a duopoly

Gray's been doing it for years. KHAS, WAGT...just to name two!

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Forgive for the screw up again. I'm surprised MYTV did not move to KMEG TV on 720p 14.1. CBS on KPTH TV 44.2. I wish Sinclair and both stations luck. My apology for putting in Memoriam. PEACE

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Since TBD is now on 28.1, I was wondering if this reshuffling might not be a way to force cable companies to carry it via must carry.

 

And if Fox is going to be on the WSYX signal permanently, then shouldn't it become Fox 6? In Steubenville both NBC and Fox carry the same channel numbers

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6 hours ago, DirtyHarry said:

Since TBD is now on 28.1, I was wondering if this reshuffling might not be a way to force cable companies to carry it via must carry.

Isn't WTTE a retransmission consent station?

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1 hour ago, mvcg66b3r said:

Isn't WTTE a retransmission consent station?

 

Cable companies are going to take Fox any way you give it to them because they have to as a business reality. Cable subscribers will complain if Fox is missing, especially during football season. They don't take all of the sub channels, though. Maybe Sinclair is having trouble getting them to take TBD and putting it on .1 is the way to make them take it. From what I've seen of it, it sucks.

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Very likely that the retrans deal covers the main channels, and usually allows for the subchannels to be carried as well (in the triple channel land with the others most times).   So even with the channel shuffle, it's status quo for ABC and FOX, and Tbd if it's part of the deal, no matter where they end up on the dial.

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Well, my cable company doesn't air Ion or Laff, both WCMH sub channels. Not sure about Court TV, but they did air 4.2 when they had MeTV. From WSYX/WTTE/WWHO, they carry 6.2 This TV, 6.4 Antenna TV, 53.3 Comet and maybe 28.2 TBD.

 

But I've got WOW cable and they're not turds to deal with like Spectrum. Spectrum seems to like to fight with stations. I have no idea what channels are on Spectrum, but I figure since I've got some sub channels missing, so must they.

 

Also, I think they installed a new antennas for WTTE and WSYX (instead of just reusing the old WTTE antenna for WSYX). If they were planning on selling it, I doubt they would have gone through the trouble. Likewise for WRGT.

 

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