Thursday, December 29, 2005

Push came to shove

It appears Nexstar Broadcasting has reached a last-minute agreement with Adams Cable and Service Electric over the retransmission fees issue. More to come...

UPDATE: A person familiar with the situation says a "deal [was] signed with Adams and [a] deal [was] reached 'in principle' with Service Electric," which means there's no outstanding issues with any of the cable companies that carry WBRE and WYOU.

It sounds like Adams ended up paying the fees, but some sort of compromise had to be made with Service Electric.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Tom Carten said...

I'm surprised that SETV caved in. They've always done a trade for carriage, in my opinion a rather decent one. If they back down here, they will have to do the same for 16 and 56.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say I love how WBRE & WYOU, along with Adams Cable all put open statements on their websites bashing each other, but as soon as an agreement is reached, everything is all hush-hush and all anyone will say is "no comment". They make such a huge deal out of possibly losing two local channels, but when an agreement is reached, neither side will say anything. I do realize that they can't really comment on financial agreements, but they really won't say anything.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to a story in the CV, WBRE and WYOu win and loss on this one. They get the money, but will be moved to lower dial spots, 12 and 13. I wonder who will get 2 and 3.

Question for SECTV, where is WNEP's news on channel 90? I see billboards on the system telling viewers to turn to 90 but its all snow???

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for following this one. I didn't find out until a few days ago that Adams Cable actually ran into the same situation with WNEP (94 or 95) I was told that they were yanked off for 8 days until an agreemment was made. Since you're an insider, it would be great if you could post this local history of all these retransmission agreements and what you expect for the area in the near future.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

>>>According to a story in the CV, WBRE and WYOu win and loss on this one. They get the money, but will be moved to lower dial spots, 12 and 13. I wonder who will get 2 and 3.<<<

It was my impression that, if no agreement was reached by Dec. 31, SETV would continue to carry Ch 50, but move them to a lower spot as punishment. I think they're staying put. Just my impression.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the higher channels are better and do not have the ghosting you see now on channels 2 or 3.
This is history-making, TV stations have been asking to be paid for their cable signals since retrans began... and little Nexstar is the first to pull it off. Now all the big guys will demand it too.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Howard Beale said...

I don't have control over the verification code. Yeah, it's confusing, but at least it prevents automated spammers.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn. And I was preparing for life without Survivor and West Wing. I got my prescription refilled and everything. Oh well, cheers!

PS
Can we get the code thing down below there, the thing you have to type in a little longer and more confusing? Jeez. I just hadda type ptkqrkttkspkqttka

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

>>>Can we get the code thing down below there, the thing you have to type in a little longer and more confusing? Jeez. I just hadda type ptkqrkttkspkqttka.<<<

Stop complaining. At least Howard doesn't force us to make a sentence out of it!

I got "jgpamda" -- "Just Got Pretty Angry, Might Do Anything."

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Howard, Anonymous here...from the confusing verification code complaint. Just bustin' yer clackers. You know how it is when you get in front of a computer with a buzz at 1 o'clock in the morning.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update:
According to a woman I work with WBRE/WYOU didn't work out agreements with all the cable companies. She lives in the Lower Luzerne/Schuykill county area and their cable company, not service electric, but another one, did pull the stations off the air over the weekened.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Question for SECTV, where is WNEP's news on channel 90? I see billboards on the system telling viewers to turn to 90 but its all snow???<<

You need the digital box to pick up channel 90.

6:43 AM  

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