Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Nexstar v. Adams Cable

Looks like we've got an old-fashioned pissing match between Nexstar Broadcasting and Adams Cable Service. Tonight, WYOU has run an on-screen scroll advising subscribers to jump to satellite, since both WBRE and WYOU may no longer be on the cable service at the end of the year. Adams Cable has countered with its own message on its website.

If this is anything like Nexstar's ongoing shoving match with Comcast in Arkansas, I'll bet retransmission fees are at the center of the brouhaha with Adams. Either way, both sides are going to point fingers and cry, and subscribers will somehow be screwed in the end.

Hey, it could be worse. WBRE and WYOU could be owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Adams pick up CBS and NBC from a different market? That would leave Nexstar cutting off their nose to spite their face as the old saying goes. They're scratching their derrieres for viewers the way it is now, nothing like making the station unavailable to part of that handful of viewers they do have. If Adams can get those networks elsewhere, is anyone going to miss Diane Lee, et al?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

Short answer, no. Most of Adams' subscribers appear to be within the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton designated market, which means they can't snag local affiliates elsewhere.

But if there are any subscribers in Northampton, Lehigh, or Berks County, they could pick up KYW and WCAU in Philadelphia. Those counties are in the Philly market.

Somehow, Pike County is considered part of the New York market. If Adams provides service there, those subscribers could get WNBC and WCBS.

But that would be too complicated to pull off. As such, this will just be Nexstar and Adams shoving each other until someone cries "uncle."

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar was pulling the same crap in Texas with Cox Cable until recently. Hey Perry, get off your high horse and do something right. Serve the viewing public. We are the people who pay your bills pal.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Nexstar is trying to squeeze cash out of the cable companies to stay afloat. Adams got into a major fight with 16 many years ago. It's all about the delivery. Adams gets clean signals into homes every day and night. The 22 and 28 towers can't deliver that in the Carbondale area. It's a tough place for roof top antennas. Nexstar should pay Adams and not the other way around.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the way cost of cable is going up I can't believe Adams would want to lose customers to Direct TV. These cable companies pay the boroughs and towns a fee to be the only provider in the area, that is not fair. And if they can afford to pay money to the towns, they should have to pay something to the stations.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many years ago Adams had New York stations.
Oh, My God!!!! that would only leave us with newsbotch 16. Why not just give us "dead air?".
Sorry, but 16 can't suck enough!!
And I don't really mean sorry either.
They are all show. When they run that sappy song for their promo about how much they care...I want to barf.
It's too bad that there are so many people that think their word is gospel.
THEY DO NOT cover more stories than the other stations.
I find them an embarassment, especially with the dumb-asses in the "backyard." No wonder people come up here from Philly and NJ and NY and think we are all hicks.
And we thank you for your support.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason that Nexstar is trying to get cable companies to pay for retransmission is two fold.
1. Most of the Networks are no longer going to pay the affiliates to carry their programming so the affiliates will loose some nice monthly checks.
2. Cable companies like Adams act like a distributorship for the affiliates. They take a signal, the get for free, and make money off of it.
Nexstar just wants a few cents per viewer per month to make up for what they are loosing from the network. They already get compensation from DirectTV. I think that Nexstar is ahead of the curve on this one and eventually you will see all affiliates doing this.
And no, I for one won't miss DL!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think both stations could go away and no one would notice for months. Especially the anchor team on 22. Sad!

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Buddy, where did you go? I need my fix.....

9:31 AM  

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