[mythtv-users] Comcast to drop analog cable

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Tue Jun 17 15:48:08 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 07:12:33PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> Though in truth, you may never be able to do this--just like someone
> living in central Florida can't get WCBS TV ("the flagship station of
> the CBS television network, located in New York City") without express
> written approval from WKMG (the Daytona-Orlando market area CBS
> affiliate).  The FCC prevents this to protect WKMG's investment (but yet
> my local stations can decide to preempt network programming to put on
> "Florida on Fire 2008" or some other ...).

TTBOMK, it's not the FCC, it's the contractual agreement between the
network and the satellite company, which is subsidiary to the network's
contract with it's affil.

> Even though the satellite companies are broadcasting nearly all local
> channels (and are required to eventually broadcast them all, if they
> choose to broadcast any) to nearly everyone in the US, you can only get
> your local channels from them (because getting a waiver signed by your
> local affiliate is basically impossible).


> Granted, you can probably go to the WCBS website and watch some of their
> content over the Internet, but as soon as someone tries making a
> business out of providing "out-of-market-area" content to consumers, I'm
> sure big government will step in and laws will be adjusted before too
> long...

I dunno.

Life is pretty rough for network affils these days; it ain't the
license-to-print it used to be.

-- jra
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