Originally Posted by skiqueen58
I love our replay boxes and use them regularly. One of our favorite channels is the CW (Channel 11 here in NJ). Replay has been sending me messages that they cannot record on this channel and its obsolete!!! What happened. Is there any way to get this channel recognized again? Cannot even manually receive it or change to it. Was this some kind of contract issue or something. Very bummed!!!
Tribune media (the owners of WPIX-DT aka - PIX11, CW11) is asking for 30 cents per month (less than a penny a day) in re-transmission fees for a channel you can receive over the air for free with an antenna. Times are tough, revenue is down, and Tribune needs money. Cablevision's response is, "You are asking WAY too much!!" If Tribune wanted you to have the channel, they could invoke must-carry (but then they wouldn't get paid for it).
In this case, Cablevision is looking out for you, the end user. I would think that if CV agrees to 30 cents per month per sub, it will raise the bar for other broadcast channels. When you factor in the facts that the other networks get better ratings, this fee would be used as a baseline for the other networks to ask for way more money. (If you are paying 30 cents for the CW, surely you'd pay $1.00 or more for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, etc..) When you consider that your Basic Cable bill is $18.00 or so, it's plausible that you could be paying close to $30 if CV had to pay similar (or greater) retransmission fees for broadcast channels.
CV pulled the channel, and the guide data was updated accordingly. Since your cable system no longer carries the channel, it is obsolete.
For me? I use rabbit ears and a ChannelMaster D2A converter box to receive CW11 (along with a subscription to schedulesdirect), This, and AntennaTV on my RTV....