Saturday, December 24, 2005

KTHV Demands Payment for Signal; Will Be Dropped From Wehco Cable systems

Oh the can of worms Nexstar has opened. Take a look at this from KTHV.com:

" You may be reading this message after learning your cable company will apparently drop Today’s THV and CBS on January 1st. Please allow me to explain why that may happen and what you can do to continue watching us.

The reason you would not be able to watch Today’s THV and CBS is because your cable company has decided not to pay for the right to retransmit our broadcast signals. They don’t want to pay us for the product we supply to them....that they re-sell to you.

Paying for programming is not a new concept to your cable company. They pay to obtain the right to carry most cable channels like ESPN, CNN, Lifetime, Disney, HBO, and many others.

We believe Today’s THV and CBS offer a valuable product, and we simply want to be paid a small fee compared to what some of the other program providers are paid. Your cable company may tell you we want you to pay for “free” TV. That is not true. In fact, Today’s THV is charged for much of the programming you see on our station. You can watch at no charge by simply setting up an antenna. But when your cable company receives our signals, then turns around and sells them to you – we believe that your cable company should compensate us like any other program provider.

The good news is you have several options so you can continue watching Today’s THV and CBS. As mentioned, use an antenna. Both our analog and digital signals can be seen with use of an antenna. Another option is to switch to either a Dish or DirecTV satellite system. Both of these major satellite companies already pay us for our signals, so you can subscribe to their services and continue receiving Today’s THV and CBS.

We don’t want you to miss out on so much popular programming including Dr. Phil, The Price is Right, and other daytime favorites, along with CBS’ number one prime time programs such as CSI, Survivor, Without A Trace, and 60 Minutes. The NFL playoffs are almost here, with the Grammy’s, NCAA Final Four, and the Master’s to follow. We take special pride in delivering Today’s THV news to you and thank you for tuning in each morning and evening.

We value your viewership and are sorry for the inconvenience caused by your cable company. If you want your cable company to carry Today’s THV and CBS, we ask you to contact them and let them know that...or take advantage of one of the options just mentioned.

Today’s THV will continue working to provide the best local news and weather coverage in Arkansas to you -- our viewer, no matter how you receive our signal. Thank you for taking time to consider our position on this issue.

Larry Audas
General Manager
KTHV"

UPDATE: 12/25

DCG comments: I guess I should title this a rant rather than comments. Anyway, this disappoints me very much. Living down here, too far from Little Rock to receive a watching signal from the tv stations and living just a little bit too far from Shreveport to get a good signal from the tv stations there, we have no choice but to depend on cable to get the 'local' channels. Sure I could get a dish BUT then I'd be stuck with all the hiccups when the weather turns bad and you need information fast. Down here we depend on the combination of the Little Rock stations and the Shreveport stations for our news and weather information. Little Rock stations don't do a good job of covering things that go on down here so we depend on the Shreveport stations to catch the slack. BUT Little Rock has the best weather technology and the best quality reporters and newscasts.

Who would have thought come January 1, 2006 that we'd be losing both KARK and KTHV. I can only wonder if KATV isn't far behind? I see both sides of the arguement and in the end it's the public in which the station's, who are suppose to be operating in the public's interest and not their pocketbook, that will suffer. I don't want my cable bill to go up and I don't wanna lose the stations either. I think it all comes down to greed on both sides, the station's and the cable company's.

22 Comments:

At 7:51 AM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One should wonder if Wack-o Cable is paying KATV??? If both 4 and 11 are leaving, then something is very wrong in cable-land.

 
At 9:00 AM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anti-trust?

 
At 9:25 AM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling KATV IS getting paid, that's why THV and KARK are saying pay up. If you pay them, you pay us.

 
At 12:33 PM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a very sad day in Arkansas that this is happening. I live in Forrest City and this is going to keep us out of the Little Rock market. If this happens I will put my WEHCO cable and get a dish since I wont be able to get LR anyway and just watch Memphis

 
At 4:12 PM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if WEHCO cable would respond and clear the air-waves. Are they paying or only willing to pay 7 for their transmission and not 4 or 11? Did someone at WHECO make the decision to only go with one local channel? They will eventually lose a lot of cable subscribers.
Anyone from WHECO got the guts to speak up?

Have a nice day.

 
At 5:15 PM, December 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny to watch the local TV stations in Little Rock scramble in order to get additional revenue. The fact of the matter is you have managers who have been in the business for years trying to figure out just what to do. They have never been faced with such fragmentation and more informed viewers. For decades they have sold a product that the customer thought they had to have in order to keep their doors open. That's no longer the case. So what! that KTHV is no longer going to be on the air in certain areas. Local news is local news. If the viewer can't get it on one station - they'll get it on another.

 
At 6:14 PM, December 26, 2005, Blogger DCG said...

I don't think KATV will be pulled anytime soon from Wehco, well the Hope/Prescott Community TV system anyway. Channel 7 rents space on Hope's cable system tower to hop scotch their signal so it can be seen here in South Arkansas. And as for going to dish in this area, there's some confusion of what 'local stations' one company wants to offer ya. One dish company will tell ya you are required to get the Shreveport stations while yet another dish company tells ya you have to go with the Little Rock stations. I think it all boils down to government regulating and once again the greed of corporations and in the end the consumer gets screwed.

 
At 1:04 PM, December 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on Mr. Hussman - make a believer out of the idiots at Gannett and don't give in. They aren't intelligent enough to figure out what to do if you say no. The bottom line is they need those viewers in order to stay competitive and it isn't guaranteed that DirectTV and Dish can provide those numbers for them. Stand your ground.

 
At 1:25 PM, December 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the person saying "local news is local news", that is not true. The only news I can bear to watch in the morning is THV, therefore, I am getting a dish, just to watch my favorite news anchors in the morning. I also am a loyal CSI fan, 60 minutes, and I watch a lot of CBS sports. So if you have WEHCO, understand you are not just loosing the news, you are also loosing all the programming on NBC and CBS.

 
At 1:43 PM, December 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All due respect to the previous blog - but if you are wanting local news, then you are not getting on the THV morning variety show. The little news they have is a repeat of the day before. Yes, you will lose CBS/NBC programming, but that is where Dish or DirectTV can help you out. Thourough local news doesn't come to you from any Little Rock station in the mornings. If you want variety, infotainment that's one thing, if you want the most up to date local news 5,6 and 10pm is your best bet and any of the three stations can give you that

 
At 6:51 AM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this cable battle thing all due to some stations getting paid and some not? or is this an attempt to get cable providers to lower prices? I hope some local cable outfit doesn't think they are bigger than NBC/CBS? Nobody will pay $55 a month for ABC and Espn, so why try it? Gannett will not fold, but a cable station with 1 channel might. I really don't understand all of this, can someone who really knows let me know?

 
At 7:54 AM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. Everybody went through this in the mid 90's. Most stations ended up getting guarenteed ad buys from cable and/or free spots on cable channels.

I'm pretty sure the retransmission of the digital and HD signal have something to do with this new round of battles. Cable companies don't want to give up the bandwidth to pass local HD signals and local stations wand the HD signal on cable.

 
At 2:56 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Wacko Cable is owned by Hussman and--in essence--the Democrat, is this just an old battle between Walter and Gannett with Gannett trying to get some of Walter's hide?

 
At 7:19 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I'll now have to pay for my local stations (and you can spin it anyway you like, but one way or another it will be the customers paying for it), will I still have to endure commercials? I already know the answer to the question, but I shouldn't have to if I now have to pay for local stations.

Cable companies should not have to pay to re-broadcast local stations! I don't like any of the dogs in this fight, but I'll be the one left with the bill and that makes me angry. If my cable company refused to pay then I'd fully support them. If that meant that I had to use an antenna, or no longer watch certain stations, then that's okay with me (particularly if that station is KATV.)

 
At 8:06 PM, December 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe KATV's contract with Wehco is up for renewal at the current time. That's why we don't hear from them. Only KARK and KTHV's were set to expire on January 1st. You can bet when KATV's renewal is approaching, you'll hear from them as well. KATV was lucky to have KARK and KTHV put up the fight for them. Granted, KTHV didn't get into the game until they saw KARK win the battle.

 
At 5:09 AM, December 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Variety show or not, THV in the morning is still number one by far.

 
At 10:01 AM, December 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Variety show, whatever, all I know is I can't stand to watch anything else. The anchors on there are like my family, and if I can't get it any more, I will get rid of my cable and get a dish. I'm not up and up on ratings, but it doesn't surprise me they have the highest ratings.

 
At 12:14 PM, December 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt THV morning show has a following. They connect well with the viewer. The show kind of reminds me of bleu cheese - you either love it or hate it. KATV and KARK anchors do not have the ability to connect with the viewers like Robin, Tom and B.J. Melinda Mayo, Steve Powell, Beth Hunt, Mike Francis and Barbara ?? will never be "one of us." They just can't connect. But be careful to not compare THV's morning show with "news." It's not and I'm not sure the viewer expects it. Most morning viewers listen - not view. The formula for THV morning show seems to be working, regardless of the number of times Robin has colored her hair, had a baby, accidently showed her thong at Toad Suck and many more "real life" incidences. That's why it connects. There is no effort to do so - They're one of us. Bleu cheese or not.

 
At 1:48 PM, December 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone care to share the current ratings?

 
At 12:09 PM, December 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Overall, it was a good book for Channel 4. They were the only station that saw improvement in the morning and at 10:00. The 10:00 was very interesting in that ABC and CBS ratings had increased yet KATV and KTHV lost viewers. NBC ratings had decreased, yet KARK gained viewers. No real changes for the stations at all at 6:00. When KARK eventually sees the numbers, they'll be happy. IT was a bad book for KATV. KTHV finally saw some improvement at 5:00.

 
At 7:18 AM, January 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They won't see the book, they don't subscribe anymore. In terms of their numbers, they have nowhere else to go but up. It's much easier to grow a 1 to a 2 than it is to grow an 8 to a 9.

 
At 9:59 AM, January 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously someone is smoking crack at KARK to be dreaming anything about morning numbers. KTHV had its best book ever there.

 

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