Thursday, September 22, 2005

If KARK is Yanked from Little Rock Cable, Will it be Missed?

Will KARK fall victim to Nexstar's demand it gets paid by cable systems for carriage? Talk on The Bull Whiz Newsletter KARK will and most won't notice:

"When KARK goes off on cable January 1st, I bet no one will notice they have disappeared from the screen!

Honestly, with as many channel choices as people have these days, and considering how lazy much of the public is, how many people do you really think are going to make the effort to watch KARK once it is off cable? Maybe for a few prime-time shows, but I doubt much else."

DCG comments: I really hope Nextstar doesn't demand a per-cable subscriber fee from all cable companies across the country because both of my NBC affiliates are Nexstar owned stations. I live too far away from Little Rock and Shreveport for a pair of rabbit ears to pick either up.

23 Comments:

At 3:44 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people are crazy if you think they'll let KARK go off the air in this market.

It won't happen.

 
At 4:10 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think KARK would be missed and there would be a huge outcry to bring it back.

 
At 4:25 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you like it, or you don't like it, learn to love it, because it's the best thing going today.

 
At 5:20 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i travel through LR on business and I always tune to KARK..Jancy is great and the reporters are professional...so I hope they don't go away...leaving cable is a big mistake

 
At 6:45 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come February cbale will cave in because of 2 little words. No not Mike Francis, but WINTER OLYMPICS.

 
At 7:15 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No mid market is going to bail on a major affiliate, NBC is too important for them not to resolve this issue.

 
At 7:48 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark my words, Nexstar will let it happen. Little Rock is very important to them. The more money they can make from cable the better off they are. They are crazy enough to pull KARK off the cable thinking they will get paid. January 1, 2006, you won't see KARK on cable.

 
At 8:50 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly hope that's not the case. That would be totally irresponsible of the cable system. We want Channel 4!

 
At 9:12 PM, September 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Irresponsible of the cable company? Why...it's KARK's decision, not the cable company.

 
At 1:35 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are your options after Jan 2006

Get one of the sat services (notice the increasing ads for Dish Network???)

If you can put up an outdoor antenna, do so. Although, low-band analog VHF some distance away looks like total crap. (Forget HDTV or even SD digital broadcast outside of immediate LR--Nexstar is foot dragging on their full-power digital trasnmitter. In fact, I get KYTV-DT Springfield about as often as I get KARK DT, and i'm in *south* Arkansas)

Pray that NBC will grow a pair and pull their network from ALL the Nexstar stations (including KNWA). Make 'em show informecials 19 hours a week...or UPN. KARK is already headed toward being a second tier station.

 
At 7:31 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Magnolia and the NBC channel in Shreveport did this very thing. All we had was KARK and the pictures was worse that snowy. Finally we dropped our cable company (Cox) and went to Direct TV. Cox Communication, finally waited long enough until KARK in Little Rock strengthen that station and it comes in perfect. So much better that KATV, which goes in and out all the time. We did keep the Cox basic package so that we could pick up the Razorback games. However, I am much more pleased with Direct TV, than I ever was with Cox.

 
At 7:36 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK isn't dragging its feed on digital. They're putting the final touches on going full power.. way ahead of schedule. Ask KATV how they're coming on their full power digital.

 
At 7:52 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK isn't dragging its feed on digital. They're putting the final touches on going full power.. way ahead of schedule. Ask KATV how they're coming on their full power digital.

Ahead of whose schedule? Everybody else is already there! KARK is a real disappointment to the consumers who have made an investment in HD. I hope they get it done before the Olympics.

And KATV is cranking out plenty of signal on their digital. And it is even in HD, not upconverted SD (KARK)!

 
At 8:39 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You live in Little or very close to it if you can see KATV in HD. They are not full power. They can't even do multi-channel. Man wouldn't that have been handy with Razorback losses and Lost on at teh same time.

 
At 8:46 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both KATV and KARK are THREE years behind KTHV and KLRT on their digital facilities. No one can watch you when you only broadcast at less power than a blow dryer. Thank you KTHV and KLRT for bringing us full power HD TV in Little Rock. Maybe those losers at 4 and 7 will get their act together soon.

 
At 8:58 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I have never been able to get KATV HD. Now that Monday night football is here, we go another year watching it in analog.

What a huge dissappointment to viewers who have in invested in new technology. They now know where the technology isn't.

 
At 8:59 AM, September 23, 2005, Blogger The Salty Dog said...

I would love for Nexstar to be dropped from cable. Cox Cable has fiber all over Arkansas. Any signal they can pick up at any of several head ends can be piped anywhere on their system. KJRH-Tulsa is not Nexstar and would easily come into the head end in NWA. So would KYTV in Springfield, also not a Nexstar station.

Nobody is going to miss KARK or KNWA if they can still get NBC network programming.

 
At 9:15 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You live in Little or very close to it if you can see KATV in HD. They are not full power. They can't even do multi-channel. Man wouldn't that have been handy with Razorback losses and Lost on at teh same time."

For the record I live near Star City. The *only* reason I see KATV-DT is that---

1) My view to the north is relatively clear (cow pasture) and few trees, plus being somewhat above average height.

2) Using a Channel Master 4228 8 bay UHF antenna for UHF (analog and digital) and a preamp.

3) Just happen to live on the back side of their antenna pattern...according to the FCC TV query (actually am 10 miles outside the probable receiving area.

That said, KATV really dropped the ball last year on "Lost" and could have shown *both events* at least on paper, legal contractual isssues not withstanding. KTHV showed 3 games during the first rounds (using channel 11 analog, the main HD channel and subchannel--normally Live View Radar feed on 11-2)

Oh, since this *is* a thread on KARK, though the few times i've seen KARK-DT 32, the picture quailty is outstanding, compared to "channel 4" OTA despite it *not* being HD.

One more thing, I don't even own a HDTV--just a tuner that will downconvert to standard NTSC output as well as HDTV.

 
At 9:52 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV always multicasts. They have for years. Right now they have regular programming on 11-1 and Hurricane Rita on the radar on 11-2. They are also streaming the radar on the web. It is nice to know there is at least one station in LR that is in the game.

 
At 11:06 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could pull all the local affiliates off the air and just air the network stuff and that'd be fine with everybody.

Local news is about as relevant as Wally Hall's column, only more half-witted.

 
At 11:48 AM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KATV had the equipment, they could air Basketball games over the KATV analog signal and ABC over 7-2. They just elected not to buy the gear. I guess a new boat for Dale was more important at the tme.

 
At 12:25 PM, September 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staff:
Please read Chapter 27 of my book:
"Avoiding FCC Fines By Complying with the Very Minimal Government Requirements".

The Boss

Note to self: Purchase new Mercedes SUV with end of year bonus.

 
At 10:30 PM, September 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTAL, Nexstar's NBC affiliate in Shreveport, has been off two of the area's biggest cable systems for months. It can and probably will happen in Little Rock.

 

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