Originally Posted by egcarter
There are plenty of those trade sort of deals at the national level in this industry...but that KITV situation if it had happened (I doubt if it would) was for ALL KITV signals. This is just for the digital ones. And frankly, we all know that none of that Lifetime subscriber money would filter down to the local stations group at Heart-Argyle. They are not charging for the analog signals here, yes?
KITV is on a barter trade deal with Oceanic, but part of that agreement is also carriage, placement and compensation for the Lifetime channels. Basically, Heast-Argyle uses it's local stations as the carrot to get what it wants for it's cable channels, they don't care as much about being compensated for either the analog or digital stations.
KGMB(and former KHON) owner Emmis does care. KHON wasn't on Dish for almost 2 years over compensation and Emmis expects compensation for digital as well.
I'm not sticking up for KGMB or KHON, but they are running both analog and digital stations and only have one revenue stream from them.
KHON got smart and added the CW to it's digital channel, they can sell advertising and info blocks and make money on the digital channel. The rub is to get placement on Oceanic. It wouldn't suprise me that the hang-up on FOX-HD and CW on Oceanic is that KHON wants CW available on analog.