LIN Stations Dark On Dish

LIN Stations Dark On Dish

There are 3 comments on the Broadcasting & Cable story from Mar 5, 2011, titled LIN Stations Dark On Dish. In it, Broadcasting & Cable reports that:

LIN Media and Dish Network failed to reach a retransmission consent deal as of midnight, meaning more than two dozen LIN stations have gone dark for Dish subscribers.

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Santa Fe, NM

#1 Mar 6, 2011
Why do DISH and DirecTV have to negotiate with each local
station? I'm near Albuquerque, but could care less about local programming. I just watch national stuff on local (ALBQ)
Seems like DISH could make an arrangement with Oh, say
Denver to provide national network stuff or maybe just the ABC,
CBS, NBC, FOX and then provide time zone start/stop on the stuff.

not angry, saddened I won't get to watch NCIS and Big Bang and
other prime time NATIONAL stuff.

“You still don't get it!!”

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#2 Mar 7, 2011
I agree. I am sick & tired, as a consumer, of having to get caught in the middle of these disputes between Dish and local/syndicated stations every six months.
Dish puts a crybaby disclaimer on the screen, asking us to contact LIN. Screw them!! I don't want to get involved in their problems, I want them to grow-up and resolve them.....
Brad C

Hobbs, NM

#3 Mar 10, 2011
The FCC has, in the past, limited the use of local channel broadcasting from a city they deemed a "competitive market" if you had your own local channel access in your area. For example, I lived in Grand Junction, CO which is 200+ miles west of Denver. At the time Dish did not have GJ local channels on their sats, but they had Denver's. But the FCC would not let them offer Denver to us because GJ stations were somehow adversely affected by the advertising dollars they lost to Denver. Silly, I know, but end result was IF you had absolutely no access to local channels, then you could purchase what they called a national feed package which included local channels from LA or somewhere like that. But if you could pick up locals off an over the air antenna, then you can't buy the national package. I am not totally sure if this is still the same today, but I am pretty sure that's still the deal.
Couldn't agree more. Both of these companies are clearly in a pissing contest. On one side, LIN wants us to believe that they are only asking pennies and they deserve it. I got a response e-mail from them touting their own merits and how they (out of the kindness of their hearts) offer us all free TV in New Mexico and earn their money through advertising. So if it's free, why the hang up for a couple pennies per customer? The ads still run, and the national ads on their channel have their desired affect. Then Dish whines that LIN is asking for a 175% increase! Sounds ominous until you realize they are talking pennies, not dollars. So if they get 2cents per customer now, they want just under 5cents. SO how about this Dish, you charge us $6 for 4 major channels and a handful of junk... pay them the nickel for crying out loud!
Seems both sides are just in a pissing contest and could absolutely care less about the consumer... JMO

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