03.07.2011 10:45 AM
LIN Pulls 27 Stations from Dish

PROVIDENCE, R.I.: LIN Media and Dish came to a retransmission stand-off just before the weekend, resulting in 27 local TV stations in 17 markets going dark on the satellite system. LIN said the contract expired Friday at midnight.

“We only want what is fair for our local stations, so that we can continue providing the premium news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is most important to viewers,” said LIN chief Vincent Sadusky. “We will continue negotiating with Dishi so we may reach an agreement.”

Dish previously released a statement saying LIN was seeking “a 140 percent rate hike and other burdensome contract terms.”

The contract between the two ended just a day after the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform retransmission rules. A key element of the proposal is to allow a pay provider to carry an out-of-market TV station should an in-market affiliate pull its signals. It would give TV stations far less leverage in retransmission negotiations. (See “FCC Retrans Proposal Includes Elimination of Non-Dupe Rule.”)

Stations involved:
Albuquerque, N.M.: KRQE-TV (CBS) and KASA-TV (Fox)
Austin, Texas: KXAN-TV (NBC) and KNVA-TV (CW)
Buffalo, N.Y.: WIVB -TV (CBS) and WNLO-TV (CW)
Columbus, Ohio: WWHO-TV (CW)
Dayton, Ohio: WDTN -TV (NBC) and WBDT -TV (CW)
Ft. Wayne, Ind.: WANE-TV (CBS)
Grand Rapids, Mich.: WOOD-TV (NBC),WOTV-TV (ABC)
Green Bay, Wis: WLUK-TV (Fox)
Indianapolis: WISH -TV (CBS) and WNDY-TV (MyNetwork TV)
Lafayette, Ind.: WLFI -TV (CBS)
Mobile, Ala.: WALA -TV (Fox) and WFNA-TV (CW)
New Haven, Conn.: WTNH-TV (ABC) and WCTX-TV (MyNetwork TV)
Norfolk, Va.: WAVY -TV (NBC) and WVBT-TV (Fox)
Providence, R.I.: WPRI -TV (CBS) and WNAC-TV (Fox)
Springfield, Mass.: WWLP-TV (NBC)
Terre Haute, Ind.: WTHI-TV (CBS)
Toledo, Ohio: WUPW -TV (Fox)



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Posted by: Brian Smith
Mon, 03-07-2011 03:56 PM Report Comment
And no one even knew they were gone. Local stations better realize that nobody cares about them. If they want viewers they need to either be on dish (or direct)or on the internet. No one watches over the air that I know.
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Posted by: Brian Smith
Fri, 03-11-2011 02:01 PM Report Comment
Easier just to pay for them? Not in todays economy. I get them for free from my antenna and so do most of my friends that have satellite. Who in their right mind wants to pay an extra 15 bucks per month for something you can have for free with a cheap set of rabbit ears. Worst case scenario a rooftop antenna. People aren't as stupid as you make them out to be. They CAN "twist in the right direction and those that can't get up on the roof usually have family or friends that can. Give me a break.
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Posted by: Brian Smith
Tue, 03-08-2011 12:52 PM Report Comment
Very true.... no one knows how to point their antenna, install one, or what direction to twist the connector. Its easier to have auto-pay the bill and have someone do all the work. besides, being able to transcode any material in the station to stream it to any medium is the key.




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