Originally posted by RWSimon
Well, Mr. Taubin's version of the WGRB story is different from WGRB's story. I wrote to their General Manager (Tom Long) and he responded with:
"We've been broadcasting in digital since July and HD since September. The reason we're not on Time-Warner is that there is no agreement between our companies which will allow them to retransmit the digital signal. We are working on it, and I hope to have this resolved relatively soon - but at this point I really don't know how long that will be. We've invested millions to be able to provide this digital service, and our real obligation is to provide the over-the-air signal. That's what we're doing, and the product is free if you have a digital receiver and antenna. However, we'll continue to work on an agreement with T-W so that the cable digital box will also work. Stay tuned."
Wonder what the "real story" is....
......and I e-mailed WMHT's Steve Baboulis-VP/GM back in November and got a different story also. Check out posts POST #132
and POST #133
If you notice the response...I 'm sure this is WRGB's issue also. Mr. Taubin's want's to keep us happy customers since he didn't go into any real detail and probably knew it was going to be posted on this forum. An awfully long response for one person...don't you think?
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 9:36 PM
Subject: Digital signal and Time Warner Cable
I was wondering when you would have a deal in place with Time Warner Cable to feed your new digital signal to them.
If you do have a deal with them already.....when do you think we will see the new channel on TWC?
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Baboulis
To: 'John L'
Cc: Laura Sousa
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 12:10 PM
Subject: RE: Digital signal and Time Warner Cable
Thank you for your e-mail. As you may know, our new digital signal is available over the air, as of mid-October. Unfortunately, there is currently no deal with Time-Warner for the retransmission of our digital signal on their cable system.
It is our expectation, as the provider of the signal, that the ENTIRE signal should be aired as we have sent it out. Time Warner, along with other cable providers, wishes to reserve the right to "modify" our signal, if they so choose. For instance, if WNYT broadcasts a full high-definition signal, then the cable companies say they'd have no problem sending out the full signal to all of their subscribers. However, if WNYT provided a split digital signal, perhaps including a 24 hour news or weather service, a home shopping channel, etc., then the cable operators insist on reserving the right to "strip out" any channels they wish (perhaps the ones they view as competitors to their own services). There are some other issues, but this is the main area of disagreement.
It is my hope that as more consumers buy digital tv's, they will demand of their cable operators full carriage of the local broadcasters' ENTIRE digital signal. Until then, our signal will be available by using an over-the-air antenna.
Thank you for taking the time to write.