Originally Posted by veedon
I have no sympathy for cable and satellite subscribers who blame the local broadcast stations for the high cost of pay-TV. If you think the retransmissions consent fees are too high, then call up your pay TV provider and tell that provider not to carry the local station. Or, if you want that local station more than you want MTV and A&E, then tell the provider to drop those cable channels so that the provider can pay for the right to carry the more valuable local broadcast station.
You're not entitled to get the local broadcast station for "free" unless you're willing to set up an antenna to get the OTA signal. If you are going to rely on a pay TV provider to supply the local station to you via a mechanism that you find more convenient than putting up an antenna, then you have to accept that the local broadcaster has every right to demand retransmission payments.
OTA TV was set up to be a benefit to the masses, particularly to the poor (and also because in the early days of TV running cables throughout the nation was prohibitively expensive and OTA provided a way to quickly get the new system up and running.)
If you have enough money to shell out for cable or satellite TV, then count your blessings and quit whining about local stations.
And blaming local broadcast stations for a lack of "diversity" is a lot of nonsense. What have the cable companies ever done to improve society? Absolutely nothing. That's why cable companies have no fans and many people view pay TV providers as companies that should just fade away.
I have to disagree. Not all OTA TV signals are created E-Q-U-A-L depending on the location they live. Yes, you get your Big 4 networks OTA for free with an indoor or outdoor antenna, here where I live the only strong signal I get is the PBS station, Greenville/Spartanburg and adjacent Augusta, GA stations are moderate, weak for most Columbia, SC stations I get OTA, ultra-week for some Charlotte, NC stations OTA.
Sorry I hate to blow your bubbles once again, the outdated controversial Retransmission Consent rules are killing diversity. I've got the PROOF
. It's NOT nonsense! http://www.americantelevisionallianc...ing-diversity/
that cable/satellite bills are increasing, it's the broadcaster's fault. http://www.americantelevisionallianc...-broadcasters/
Pay-Television consumers are forced (or have no choice) but to pay the greedy broadcasters (like the corrupted NAB) billions of dollars in the coming years, if the Retransmission Consent reform still not happening. PROOF http://www.americantelevisionallianc...years-to-come/
Prior to 1992 Cable Act, ABC only owned Lifetime, A&E, and ESPN (before Disney bought ABC in 1996), and NBC only owned CNBC (before the NBC-Universal/Comcast era), CBS and FOX didn't own a cable network then. Now it's 2,500% increase. ABC owns Lifetime, A&E, ESPN, ESPNNews, ESPN Classic, ESPN2, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior (which replaced SOAPnet), LMN, etc. NBCU owns besides CNBC, MSNBC, CNBC World, USA Network, Syfy, Bravo, E!, Golf, NBC Sports Network, Chiller, Sleuth, Telemundo, The Weather Channel, Esquire, etc. CBS was part of Viacom prior to 2005, now CBS owns CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian, TVGN (formerly Prevue Guide, Prevue Channel, TV Guide Channel, TV Guide Network), and premium Showtime channels. FOX of course owns FX, FXM, FXX, Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Regional Sports channels (like FOX Sports South and SportsSouth here), etc.
When Retransmission Consent introduced in 1992, we had OTA or Cable TV as our choices, no digital TV signals, no HDTV, no DVRs, and the internet was a toddler. We had analog TV signals (before it died on June 12, 2009), boom-boxes, and VCRs. Yes, technology has changed over the years, but unfortunately our Retransmission Consent rules haven't. That's why we need a reform. Today we have more choices as ever (cable, satellite, and Telco) and some can't afford Pay-Television still watch big 4 networks free OTA with indoor or outdoor antennas, nowadays you get subchannels (like MeTV, This, AntennaTV, Bounce, CoziTV, etc) and we are in the digital era! Stop you're wining!
Actually the Broadcasters are the ones who forced the Pay-Television providers to pull their stations of their providers if a new carriage agreement isn't reached on time. Broadcasters are the Bullies, and they're Greedy IMHO just like CBS' Les Moonves for example (yes, he was the same dude responsible for the cancellation of CBS veteran soap operas Guiding Light and As The World Turns years back). As they say "Money is the root of all evil!" In this tough economy we have to make sacrifices. In 2011, there were 51 Retransmission Consent blackouts, 91 Retransmission Consent blackouts in 2012, and a record 127 last year.
Retransmission Consent must be reform and the American Television Alliance
is fighting for it and they also want to eliminate the unfair silly laws like Network Non-Duplication, Syndicated Exclusivity, and Sports Blackout Rules for good! I've forgot to tell you American Television Alliance's Twitter page is VERIFED, TVFreedom.org's Twitter isn't VERIFED. I did the research.
We live in a 21st century world that we still used outdated 20th century rules and regulations. We need to update it, a reform, end of story!