I got an email response from Paul McTear at WCOV. In it he mentioned that they are asking for .02 /day per subscriber (or .60/month per subscriber). I'm sorry but I think that is too high for a small local channel. That would put them in the same league as Fox News, CNN, USA, TBS and ESPN2.
I'll be honest, I don't think sat/cable providers should have to pay local channels anything as long as they offer there signal for free OTA. I just don't like that local channels have no problem giving there signal away for free to some people but, want those who chose the sat/cable route to pay.
Sorry WCOV, you are not worth CNN, TBS, ESPN2 prices IMO. Especially since I can watch most Fox shows through other legal means like Hulu Plus.
WCOV wants people in this area to think this is just a Dish vs WCOV battle but, sat/cable providers are stuck in these types of battles all across the country. Having to pay TBS/USA prices for every local channel across the country would be a huge burden and that cost will get passed along to us. From there point of view, why bother with that burden when people have the option to put up an antenna and get it for free. It's not worth the added cost and I completely understand and agree with Dish/DirecTV's stance.
A compromise has not "evolved" with DirecTV and I doubt one will come any time soon with Dish. Maybe I could trust what WCOV says if it was just one sat company having issues with them but; I think it is pretty clear that WCOV is asking too much now that both sat companies have dropped them. There are a lot of sat subscribers in this area, mainly because the cable companies are so bad and slow to support HD. Can WCOV survive losing that many eyes and for how long? This will hurt their bottom line more the Dish or DirecTV's.