Originally Posted by Jokinjer1
WMBD finally did respond to me. They had to look into it themselves. After decades of them being carried, Comcast evidentally decided to suddenly dropped them since Galesburg is not in their "designated market", which I find preposterous because they are only one county over.
WHOI was dropped from Comcast's Galesburg lineup a couple of years ago. WEEK and WTVP feeds still remain, but for how long? Comcast is really cutting down the Peoria TV market. And I know they're doing this crap all over the place too, which is also infuriating people elsewhere.
In fairness to Comcast, (no, I'm NOT a Comcast apologist!) they are NOT the only systems dropping "out of DMA" stations on their systems by a longshot; it's happening all over the country & on many
cable systems. I can tell you here locally that Mediacom also dropped ALL the Peoria stations that they used to carry (all 4 or 5 actually) from ALL their systems north of Springfield a year or two ago, that are also 1 country outside our DMA &/or even where Peoria stations are grade B OTA signals. I have relatives in Manhattan, KS (Topeka DMA) with Cox cable, who also dropped the last 2 Kansas City networks a couple year's ago as well.
It may NOT have solely been Comcast's doing; the in-DMA local stations that carry those same nets, may have told Comcast in order to get retrans consent &/or must-carry, they HAD to drop the duplicate out of market nets...NOT that unusual these days, as they obviously do NOT want outside competition of another station carrying that network. So, since Nexstar owns BOTH affiliates as you pointed out, it probably was either - carry ONLY (in market) WHBF for CBS...or you won't get to carry ANY CBS - again, what's Comcast supposed to do???
Another reason for cable to drop these OOM nets; while they might be able to carry these stations by blacking out the duplicate network programming, cable systems are NOT going to go thru the hassle of doing this, for the minimal benefit of carry the remaining programming of those stations; this was the situation on the Manhattan, KS system I mentioned above. (sorry, but while I agree about wanting an "alternative network source" most subs could care less about having the main network programming duplicated on other stations)
Also, except in very rare circumstances, any local stations that are FOX affiliated, are contractually bound by FOX, to NOT to give retrans consent to ANY TV providers OUTSIDE the DMA a local station serves; the cable co. obviously can't do anything about that. Some systems out east in the DMA's surrounding the NYC & Philadelphia DMA's were forced to drop the NYC & Philly FOX affiliates a couple year's ago. AND, when St. Joe, MO (their own DMA) got their own FOX affiliate a couple years ago, again, the cable (& satellite) systems in that DMA were all forced to drop the Kansas City, MO FOX affiliate, that had been carried for years.
But what can you do?
Put up an antenna if they are THAT critical to you