Originally posted by rodneyremington
I sent an email to Carlton Simmonds at KMPH asking him when Comcast may be carrying the Fox HD channel, and this was his response:
Our two companies are currently talking about a retransmit agreement
which both sides are hoping will be resolved before the Super Bowl.
That's the exact
same position they were in two weeks ago and, I imagine weeks, or months, before that. It's a big, dumb game of Chicken, with each side betting the other will blink first - and it's really very silly.
Maybe several years ago, when cablecos and local affiliates were first beginning to structure retransmit agreements for digital channels, it was problematic to decide what terms were fair for these transactions. At this point though, most affiliates in most markets now provide their digital feeds over the cable networks, so the value of this to each side is, I imagine, fairly well established.
If this was a non-Superbowl year for Fox, I imagine this agreement would have been reached much more quickly, but as it is, both sides hope to leverage the event to extract the best possible terms. I could be overflowing with naivete, but I still hoped customer service
would figure into the equation somewhere.
I don't imagine they expect anyone to believe there's any good reason this didn't get wrapped up months ago. KMPH was almost certain to have their digital signal up before Superbowl, and Comcast was well aware of that as well - and there's simply no (good) reason Comcast and KMPH shouldn't have had an agreement in place when the station went live with the digital signal. As stated earlier, everything
HAS been in place to carry the digital signal weeks ago, it's just a matter of taking it to the brink to get the best terms for each side.
Last Superbowl, this exact posturing kept several areas cable customers from watching the Superbowl in HD - here's to hoping they've learned something...edit
: After that wee diatribe, I decided to do something (hopefully) more productive and dropped an email to various editors and reporters at Central Valley newspapers. I've seen several other papers (nationally) that are, again (sigh), attempting to focus some heat on this issue in their area. Here's just one from todays Cincy Post