Originally Posted by ProTuber
Just because a product is available from the original owner OTA for free, why is it so unreasonable that someone else who picks it up and packages it and resells it and makes a profit shouldn't give the originator a cut?
Well, not to pile on the negative side here, but let's assume for a moment that Dish only pays equal amounts out to the HD channels that they carry. There are 5 HD channels, WWMT, WOOD, WZZM, WXMI and WOTV. Granted WOOD and WOTV are the same ownership, but I am looking at a per channel thing here.
$6 per month is the local fee, which equates on a 30 day month $0.04 per month, per channel. Not a lot of money there. Add in Dish's costs for fiber backhauls, uplink centers, etc, and I doubt there is much if any profit there.
So when I hear a broadcaster beg for more money from someone like Dish, and cite "we are only asking for a small increase, mere pennies per day" well there are only 4 pennys to play with to begin with.
Of course if Dish has to pay any money to WGVU, WLLA, WTLJ, or WZPX, then that 4 pennies per day goes down even more!