DirecTV Blasts Sinclair Over Retrans 'Threats'

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DirecTV accused Sinclair Broadcast Group of attempting to "frighten" subscribers in 47 markets with its threat to pull 87 stations that carry programming from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks unless it agrees to pay increased retransmission consent fees.

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jdshaw Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Hopefully DirecTV will hold firm. Retrans is out of control. Subscribers have had enough of this nonsense.
TVMN Nickname posted over 4 years ago
I agree. Once upon a time, stations were happy just getting must-carry. Now they insist on being compensated as the cable nets do. That's fine, but it should be far less than the cable nets receive since broadcast stations have another means to eyeballs.
formergm Nickname posted over 4 years ago
DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision, etc. need to let ALL content providers know that fees/retrans will be frozen at the current level for the next ten years. If you don't like it - LEAVE.
Insider Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Only dinosaurs that could not change with the times would post ridiculous comments like the above. Clearly the grudges held by those posting above hope all local stations die off because they could not adapt and washed out. As shown from court documents yesterday from the contracts already signed, be happy with your ESPN cable bill increasing at 6.5% annually ($5.40 a month this year - over $7 by 2017) while living on your Social Security while OTA loses all the programming you want to actually watch under your scenario! By the end of this decade, ESPN is set to collect just about $8 a sub a month.
A2Ztv Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Remember when March Madness and college bowl games used to be on free, OTA stations? I do. The cable networks have been using high fees to be able to take this high profile content away from broadcasters. Higher retrans fees help to level the playing field and allow local stations to be able to hold on to some of their content. At $7, then $8, then $10/month for ESPN, it's only a matter of time until they are the only place to find sports programming. They will eventually take the Olympics and every other property they desire. Then when they control all the content, expect $12, $15, $20/month for ESPN.
jdshaw Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Subscribers are pushing back - as they should be. ESPN has priced itself out of the mainstream market. It's time to be moved to a pay tier.
James Cieloha Nickname posted over 4 years ago
Every Directv customer should be ashamed of David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group for this blackout that result in the viewers from being able to watch their favorite shows with Directv. I feel that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group are trying to be way too big being the Wal-Mart's, the Paramount Pictures with the movie theater chain of the 1940's, the Clive Davis's of when he was at Columbia Records in the early 1970's, the Neil Bogart's of Casablanca Records fame of the 1970′s disco era, the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s, the Harry Pappas as part of the Pappas Telecasting Companies, the Bernard Madoff’s, the Enron’s, the Worldcom’s, the Adelphia’s, the Tyco’s, the Martha Stewart’s, and the Jill Kelley's of the 2000′s by letting broadcast greed get out of control so all of the head employees and bosses at Sinclair Broadcasting Group to be able to enjoy carefree lavishly spending to support carefree lavishly lifestyles with luxurious homes, luxurious yachts, luxurious jets, luxurious cars, join luxurious clubs, be in luxurious cruises, go to luxurious conventions, go to luxurious hotels, go to luxurious casinos to do gambling, throw luxurious parties, and have other luxurious items just to make them very happy then trying and willingness to improve the quality of all the stations they owned and control and making the viewers happy as well. I hope and I wish that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group get scolded by both by the ACA and the FCC for making the viewers being forced to deal with this blackout because they could not make a deal to get the stations back to it’s customers sooner and with a fair deal with Directv. I hope and I wish that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group is barred from buying and owning anymore TV stations in the future after their final decision to remove the stations from Directv. I feel that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group are trying to bribe like the General Tire/RKO General of the 1960′s and 1970′s by not being very honest of not only the viewers by making them miss the shows on Directv and also on themselves. I hope and I wish that the FCC would force David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to allow Directv to carry it’s stations without any interference, in the event David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group fails to allow Directv to carry it’s stations again, then the FCC would force David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to allow Directv to import out of market stations that are very real close to the station being blacked out being affiliated with the same network, in the event David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group fails to allow Directv to import out of market stations that are very real close to the station being blacked out being affiliated with the same network, then the FCC would allow Directv to carry the out of market station with the same affiliation without any restrictions and also be allowed to continue to carry the out of market station that it’s digital television signal is reachable by a outdoor antenna including both it’s SD and HD feeds on the Directv satellite service system even after the dispute is over without any interference for 12 whole years to meet FCC rules and regulators. I would gladly love to see that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group to surrender, give up, and forfeit control of all the stations they owned and control and then the FCC would allow all the broadcasters be allowed to purchased any of the stations David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns and control with all the broadcasters being required to make a real big concession that they would promised not to have any difficulties with all the cable and satellite operators when making deals to carry stations without any interference for 12 whole years. I feel that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group are way too big being way too busy being the PSY Gangnam Style, the Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe, the Nicole Westbrook It's Thanksgiving, the Rebecca Black Friday, the Double Take Hot Problems and the Guns N Roses Axl Rose as well as trying be act like the Jerry Sandusky's as the assaulters, the Jodi Arias's, the Casey Anthony's, the Charles Manson's, the Lyle and Erik Menendez's, the O. J. Simpson's, the Scott Peterson's, and the Drew Peterson's as the greedy murderers, the Jeffrey Ireland's, the Patrick Jones's, the Chasin Renteria's, and the Lindsay Lohan's as the drunks and the drug abusers, the Rodney Dangerfield's, the John Belushi's, and the Chris Farley's as the comedians, the Gordon Gekko's, the Victoria Grayson's, the Victor Newman’s and the Jack Abbott's, the J. R. Ewing's and the Cliff Barnes's, the Charles Montgomery Burn's, the Homer and Bart Simpson’s, the Peter Griffin’s, the Garfield cat's, the Cookie Monster's, and the Miss Piggy’s, of the broadcasting industry of not coming to reach a deal with Directv to carry it’s stations to the viewers with Directv everyday. I feel that David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group are trying to turn into the 1919 Chicago White Sox’s baseball team and the Southern Methodist University football of the 1980′s to force Directv to accept a take it or leave it deal to carry it’s stations. I urge all of the viewers with Directv to boycott David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group right now for making the Directv viewers suffer from being able to watch their favorite shows. The affected TV viewers with Directv could try the DTV Green dish antenna system to pick up the affected stations that are owned and maintained by David Smith and Sinclair Broadcasting Group: http://www.dtvgreendish.com/ I would love to see KTVI being the ABC affiliate in Saint Louis by default once again with Fox moving to KPLR and KDNL being demoted to being an affiliate of the CW. In Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina, WGHP gets ABC with an JSA/LMA/SSA for WCWG to flip to FOX and WXLV gets stuck with CW. Side deal without any Sinclair stations in Denver have KWGN getting FOX and KDVR getting CW. My idea for the TV stations is great and not meant to hurt any TV viewer in Saint Louis and in Greensboro-High Point. My idea would be worth 5 big stars and a very big perfect 10.
TVfan57 Nickname posted over 4 years ago
James, read A2Ztv's comment from above. ESPN is charging $5.40 per month. If cable pays $5.40 for ESPN, what do you feel is fair for a broadcast TV station?. I am not aware of any broadcaster receiving over $1.00 per sub per month, yet broadcasters consistently attract far more viewers than ESPN. Sincliar is competing for sports and entertainment programming thus they need to be compensated fairly by the cable industry. If broadcasters do not get paid fairly, ESPN will have all the sports. As A2Ztv wrote, .you will then really be paying high fees. If this really bothers you, my suggestion is to cut your cord, get an antenna and watch free HD TV
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 29, 2016
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Reviews

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