Saturday, June 23, 2007

Arkansas Rep Wants to Make Sure Residents See Local Programming

Arkansas Congressman Mike Ross is co-sponsoring legislation that would ensure in-state programming is seen by those who want it. The bill would mean if two stations with the same network affiliation is carried by a cable TV service, both channels would be able to be broadcast to subscribers without being covered up by one another. Read full article HERE

This would apply to me as I live in Southwest Arkansas and I receive 2 ABC affiliate feeds, 2 NBC affiliate feeds and 2 CBS affiliate feeds.(one for Little Rock and one from Shreveport) Currently KTAL, the Shreveport NBC affiliate makes my cable system cover up KARK's signal all the time except during local news breaks. BUT as with all technology there are times, days at a time, where I guess the switching equipment fails and all we wind up with is 2 KTAL's.

14 Comments:

At 11:01 PM, June 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is good news for satellite subscribers, because as it stands right now, they are only allowed to supply a subscriber with the stations from their one DMA. I think it would be great if Arkansans living in the Shreveport or Monroe DMA are allowed Little Rock networks, as well. It's very depressing when the only Arkansas station allowed on cable is KATV. Not that I have anything against KATV, I just have always been a strong believer in allowing all residents of a state to have access to all the stations from their state capitol. I applaud Mike Ross for this, and I see no reason why this shouldn't pass. There are plenty of South Arkansas residents that are stuck with Louisiana news, weather and sports that would love to have a second choice. Local stations don't want a viewer to have access to distant network because they want their eyes on the local ads... well, the way I see it, if a station wants me to view them, they need to provide a quality product and compete for my viewing. No one should be forced to watch a certain affiliate.

 
At 10:22 PM, June 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last poster,
What do you do for a living?

 
At 6:49 AM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous The Professor said...

This makes me smile. I live in Jonesboro and our ABC affiliate blocks KATV even when they're showing different programming.

 
At 3:45 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it would be great for an Arkansan living in Las Angeles to be able to watch Little Rock stations if he or she chose to do so. Most like to keep up with what's going on back in their home states.

 
At 4:04 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a "Neilson family", so my viewing doesn't matter at all to the overall rankings. It would be a shame for the tv affiliates to have to better their product and anchors from some of the crap in the NWA market. If I need to buy something, I will be more than likely shopping locally anyway, unless I am trying to escape the horrible taxes in this state by going to Missouri to Wal-Mart, or buy a flipping Lotto ticket.

 
At 4:06 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say, did anyone else catch KNWA's staffers watching KFSM during the 10pm newscast on Sat. night? The professionalism they show behind the anchor desk continues to amaze me watching people in shorts walk around aimlessly while watching other local newscasts.

 
At 10:07 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think it would be great for an Arkansan living in Las Angeles to be able to watch Little Rock stations if he or she chose to do so. Most like to keep up with what's going on back in their home states."

DirecTV would be happy to help them do that but broadcasters have pumped enough money into the FCC coffers via crooked politicians that it ain't gonna happen G.I.

 
At 11:05 PM, June 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as all of you complain about broadcasters why don't you just get out of the business. The ones on here that say they are not in broadcasting are just sick. Why would you ever look at this blog if you didn't work in the field.

 
At 9:07 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The ones on here that say they are not in broadcasting are just sick. Why would you ever look at this blog if you didn't work in the field."

Aren't the news and local broadcasters suppossed to provide the stories on what is happening in the community? Aren't non-fiction books suppossed to tell a story about what goes on behind the scenes? That's what this is for those of us outside the industry, cheap entertainment, and maybe, you guys will realize how the public views you vs. a ratings book. If you are so concerned about non-industry people here, why don't you start posting your name, or would that just be "sick"?

Maybe you are the one that is watching KFSM while on the payroll at KNWA during the newscast.

 
At 9:51 AM, June 26, 2007, Blogger ChoralScholar said...

Thank you Mike Ross. However SHVA or SHVERA, or whatever the latest iteration is, is very strong legislation tilted against the satellite companies, who are very restricted, and toward the cable companies, who seem to be able to do what they want.

I live in Harrison, which is in Springfield's DMA. While Springfield has some fine stations - I feel it should be a right for the citizen of Arkansas to be able to view their state's news.

 
At 1:13 PM, June 26, 2007, Blogger Brian Tritch said...

I agree 100% with The Professor, I live about 20 miles North of Jonesboro which is in the KAIT DMA, Followed by that is Memphis, Therefore, KARK is on 24/7 and KATV isn't, Now here's my gripe, Why Do they block KATV when KAIT is showing a different program BUT KARK and WMC 5 out of memphis can be showing the SAME program and neither one of them end up blocked, My cable system has dropped KTHV all together years ago do to contract issues, I've griped about that for years too, IN state residents SHOULD get IN STATE PROGRAMMING FIRST BEFORE OUT OF STATE PROGRAMMING, Same cenerio, KAIT and KATV can be showing different Programs and KATV will be BLOCKED, BUT KAIT and WPTY from memphis can be showing the SAME THING and NEITHER one's blocked, I've been raving about that for the last 10 years! Yes over the air I might get Memphis channels and not be able to get Little Rock, However, That's beside the point, Cable companies have the opportunity to broadcast in state channels, They SHOULD before broadcasting OUT OF STATE CHANNELS, I am Behind you 100%, Go Mike Ross, make it pass! I want my KATV 24/7, It's SO annoying to be watching KATV Sports or some sort and Home Shopping Network Butt in When I've already got HSN on another channel, KAIT or WPTY doesn't show a lot of programs that KATV shows, It's just not fair sine memphis is not in the DMA either and theirs don't get blocked but Little Rock Does, Hmmm... GO MIKE, You Need Support, Contact Me! lol, I'm Behind you all the way!

 
At 4:35 PM, June 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last poster:

The Jonesboro DMA has only one major network station: KAIT (ABC).

CBS, NBC, and FOX are not availible locally and are imported in via cable from Memphis (or Little Rock?), or DNS on DirecTV.

If KAIT was a CBS affiliate, it could "block out" WREG, etc.

The issue here is the outdated DMA "Walled Garden" system that dates back to B&W TV and I Love Lucy. This reform is a good first step and having KATV availible in Magnolia or Texarkana is a good thing. Better would having WPTY, KTBS, or even better WABC in HD legally availible in Star City, Little Rock or any place in AR when KATV sees fit to preempt network HD programming for some silly Razorback special, meaningless SEC basketball game and so forth.

 
At 12:36 AM, June 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to bet that the reason KAIT blocks KATV's signal and not WPTY is because they know that most viewers would watch KATV for ABC programming, as opposed to KAIT, if given the choice. They know that viewers will of course watch KAIT before WPTY, because WPTY is a TN station. This is the same reason why KTBS chooses to block KATV's signal in Magnolia, Texarkana, etc. KTBS knows that their viewers in AR would choose to watch KATV over KTBS for ABC programming. I think this is unfair, and insane.

Look at the Monroe DMA; KNOE, the CBS affiliate, won't even "allow" viewers in their DMA to have access to another CBS affiliate... same goes for KTVE, they won't "allow" anyone to view another NBC affiliate. It is because these stations put out a sub-par product, and they know if competition is added to the mix, they will go under. Instead of investing in improving their product quality, they decide to take the coward's way out, and claim "network non-duplication".

Notice, cable systems in the Springfield, Memphis, and LR DMAs are lenient at allowing cable systems in a bordering DMA county to add out of market affiliates. This is because these markets put out a decent product, and don't have to worry about losing viewers to competition. "Network non-duplication" is simply the coward's way out.

 
At 5:17 PM, July 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The citizens of the United States should be able to watch any channel or station that they want to view. Whether it is WNBC, New York, KNBC, Los Angeles, or any other station provided by cable or DirecTV or any other privider. It's the local stations that put up a fuss about losing some viewers who are at fault with this out-dated law. Sure the person may have to pay extra for the station or stations to be supplied to them, but they still should have the right and not let some broadcast corporation stand in the way of them not being able to. Talk about money possibly pumped into the FCC by the NAB.

 

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