Dish, Frontier Fail To Reach Carriage Agreement
Fox affiliate WGXA Macon, Ga., ABC affiliate WGXA-D go dark for satellite subs
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/1/2011 12:24:28 PM
That is according to Dish, which sent out an e-mail early Saturday morning to say that Frontier had declined to offer an extension to keep the signals on the satellite operator's lineup.
"We've been working to reach a fair agreement with DISH that would allow its subscribers to continue receiving both Fox24 and ABC16. Unfortunately, to date, DISH has not accepted our offers of resolution. Despite our best efforts to negotiate in good faith with DISH, we do not have an agreement for carriage on DISH beginning January 1, 2011," the station said on its Web site.
"Frontier Radio Management...has blocked DISH Network customers from accessing its channels after refusing to negotiate a fair agreement before the contract expired at 12:01 a.m. ET Jan. 1, 2011," said Dish in its statement. "DISH Network offered to extend the contract so negotiations could continue, but Frontier Radio Management refused and demanded more than double the current rate to bring the channels back. That's like paying $7 a gallon for gas. It's unacceptable and irresponsible."
The American Television Alliance, of which Dish is a member, Saturday said that continued retrans impasses argue for FCC intervention in the process.
The commission has telegraphed its plans to propose changes to the retransmission consent process, at minimum clarifying the definition of good faith bargaining, which the FCC is expressly entitled to enforce.
I am tired of being caught in the middle of this mess. I do not feel that I should have to stay with DISH Network since they are now not providing me with what was agreed to when I started with them. I should be able to drop them without any penalty since like I said I am not getting what was agreed to when I started with them. I want to be able to watch my programs that are on ABC. I should not be penalized because these 2 companies cannot come to an agreement.
Robert King - 1/6/2011 5:41:35 AM EST
What other bargaining chip do broadcasters have, if the FCC makes them keep giving away their signal to the Cable and satellite companies, ad infinitum?
Could the stations run an obnoxious crawl during the "good faith negotiations"? Could they offer only a low-quality picture to them, instead of HDTV? Would they be willing to pay the highest proposed rate during the entire negotiations, until a settlement is reached?
It sounds to me like the Cable and sat people would like to keep it "business as usual" as long as they can stretch it out, using viewer discontent as their bargaining chip.
Ken English - 1/2/2011 10:43:06 AM EST
I think all of you are nothing but money hungry jerks I can think of a better name to call all of you but i will not none of you care a hoot about the people that watch your stations all you care about is money. I hope it comes back and bites everyone of you on the butt.
Barbara Cumbess - 1/1/2011 4:26:36 PM EST
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