Originally Posted by W4IMM
When analog is shut down WCOV and the other local stations will be worth a lot more. I heard that Knology pays the Weather Channel $0.75/subscriber/month. If true, that's like $20K/month. Surely a broadcast station is worth at least that much, no? Last I heard, the Weather Channel doesn't carry NFL, Nascar, or American Idol.
Do you think there is going to be a showdown between local stations and cable companies?
I can see the cable companies saying that they're not going to pay for the signal and see how much advertising the locals can sell without their carrying the signal.
On the other hand, I can see the locals saying no pay no signal. No more free ride.
Then the cable companies get the network feeds from another market.
Then locals scramble to try to undo the fix they've gotten themselves into.
Then the cable companies say, too late. Go start your own cable company.
This is what happens before I've had my morning coffee.......