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What kind of service is AT&T and Direct TV pulling here. On the 4th of July the local NBC stations was pulled because of Nexstar this lasted all Summer and on Labor Day weekend the station was back on the air. Now they are at it again with threating the removal of the local CBS stations because of a dispute with Sinclair. Next I guess we will have to go through 3 months of this crap then it will be whoever owns the local ABC stations. I am totally ready to just say forget about all Cable or satellite TV viewing and go back to the good old days of keeping my money in my pocket and laying off the High Blood Pressure meds and just watch the free tv stations and read books. This is a SCAM that the customers are being punished for paying high way robbery payments to continue going through these disputes annually. GROW UP an stop being the low minded kid that takes his ball and refuses to play unless you get your way. You are teaching people like me to live WITHOUT Cable, Satellite and PAID TV Viewing.

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‎09-20-2019 9:57 PM

Re: At& T Direct TV Station disputes

If DirecTV doesn't cave to the channel owner's demands for higher rates, then the channel pulls the feed (as is their right). This is becoming more common with local channels which TV providers are standing their ground. Why should TV providers, and us customers, keep paying more and more for channels that are available free with a antenna?

 

No scam here, just unfortunate that agreements with different channels ended fairly close to each other resulting in these negotiations.

 

So plug a antenna into your TV and enjoy the free broadcast. I for one went to pay TV for what my locals couldn't provide.

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@Scammednomo wrote:

What kind of service is AT&T and Direct TV pulling here. On the 4th of July the local NBC stations was pulled because of Nexstar this lasted all Summer and on Labor Day weekend the station was back on the air. Now they are at it again with threating the removal of the local CBS stations because of a dispute with Sinclair. Next I guess we will have to go through 3 months of this crap then it will be whoever owns the local ABC stations. I am totally ready to just say forget about all Cable or satellite TV viewing and go back to the good old days of keeping my money in my pocket and laying off the High Blood Pressure meds and just watch the free tv stations and read books. This is a SCAM that the customers are being punished for paying high way robbery payments to continue going through these disputes annually. GROW UP an stop being the low minded kid that takes his ball and refuses to play unless you get your way. You are teaching people like me to live WITHOUT Cable, Satellite and PAID TV Viewing.


Folks complain when local station owners pull their channels from providers like DirecTV demanding more money.
And folks complain that their subscription rates are too high.
So what are service providers like Dish, Comcast and DirecTV to do?

Here's a suggestion. File a complaint with the FCC. Ask that the FCC allow service providers to deliver another network station instead. That would stop this BS in a heartbeat. After all, these are FREE over-the-air TV stations. Why should TV providers have to pay them anything?

 

These greedy station owners, like Sinclair, are killing the cable/satellite business. 

Since 2010, millions of Americans have seen dark screens instead of watching their favorite channels due to more than 1,000 broadcaster-initiated blackouts. With 230 blackouts, 2019 is the worst year for TV blackouts on record.

230 blackouts in 2019 – Retrans Fees: $11.7B (estimated)
165 blackouts in 2018 – Retrans Fees: $10.5B
213 blackouts in 2017 – Retrans Fees: $9.3B
104 blackouts in 2016 – Retrans Fees: $7.9 B
193 blackouts in 2015 – Retrans Fees: $6.4B
94 blackouts in 2014 – Retrans Fees: $4.8B
119 blackouts in 2013 – Retrans Fees: $3.6B
90 blackouts in 2012 – Retrans Fees: $2.4B
42 blackouts in 2011 – Retrans Fees: $1.7B
8 blackouts in 2010 – Retrans Fees: $1.2B
** Retrans fees in $billions based on data from SNL Kagan

 

And no TV provider is immune. Just look at all of the TV providers that have been hit with these disputes caused by ever-greedy station owners ....

https://www.americantelevisionalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Retrans-Blackouts-2010-2019-.p...

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I let Direct TV talk me into getting a new DVR because they told me the mine was old and would be obsolete soon I lost years of movies and one time only programs to find out during the last Nextstar blackout that my new dish and new box was not compatible with the so called free antenna they said they would send me to solve not getting the blackout station. Now I am stuck with a new contract that is for two years 

I am counting the time and I will drop AT&T and Directv like there Hot

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@Scammednomo 

 

If your DVR was a R model then it would be obsolete as those old MPEG-2 feeds are being shutdown. But if it was an HR model, then replacing was not required.

 

The dish has nothing to do with being compatible with the Local Channel Connector (LCC) kit. The antenna does not pull locals from the dish so only matters that you have the correct box, which would be the 2nd and 3rd generation Genie (HR44 and HR54).

 

Really hope you didn't get the Genie-2 (HS17). That piece of equipment because of post launch bugs and a restrictive design, is pretty much a failure in my book.

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Well that's just great if you can put up an outdoor antenna...I can't for two reasons:  1. we are so far from the transmitter, that an antenna is no good, even if the station wasn't on the other side of a mountain.  2. HOA bylaws specify NO cheesy antennas on roofs etc...Cable; or dish installations on a discreet side wall, or on a small mast somewhere in the back is the recommended location for a disk.

I don't blame KHQ for not wanting to provide profit making content to DirectV for free; I'd insist they pay a fair price for my content also. 

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@Woogie56 

 

If an indoor or even an outdoor antenna will not work for you, that does make it more troublesome. The issue many of us have with these situations which are becoming more common, is locals keeping raising their rates. Higher rates to TV provider means higher rates to us customers. At what point does it stop? I am one who went to pay TV for what my locals couldn't provide. I would be happy to remove all locals if it gave me a break on my bill. The other side of this is that your rates aren't tailored to your individual locals as they are in the base cost of the package which is the same for all customers. So a rate hike from one affiliate owner affects all customers, even those that don't get a single station from that channel owner.

 

As for the HOAs, I am against them in general as they get too power hungry. As long as property is reasonably clean and not interfering with my neighbor's, then nobody should say how I must design my place. If a antenna or receiving dish being visible causes them such terrible pain then they have no idea what is truly important.

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