Wednesday, January 02, 2008

KTBS Channel 3 Booted off Dish Network

As of January 1st there's no more KTBS/Channel 3/Shreveport on Dish Network. Here's the info from KTBS.com:

As of midnight, January 1, 2008, KTBS is no longer available on DISH Network's local channel lineup. KTBS continues to negotiate with DISH Network in good faith, hoping to reach a fair agreement as soon as possible.

As a KTBS viewer, you may continue to receive our signal, FREE of charge, with an antenna. Our signal is also available through other cable and satellite providers.

We are NOT asking you, the viewer, for any money. We are only asking DISH Network to pay a fair share of what it is already charging you for taking our signal and retransmitting it back to you.

We have appreciated your comments. We understand that many DISH Network subscribers are frustrated by this situation. Because we do care about you and your opinion, we would like to speak with you personally. If you will complete the form below, a member of the KTBS staff will call you back to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we speak to each of our concerned DISH Network viewers personally.

If you wish to speak to DISH Network, you may contact it at 1-888-284-7116.

In addition, answers to the most frequently asked questions are available by clicking here.

19 Comments:

At 8:52 AM, January 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There they go again, greedy broadcasters want us to PAY for something we get for free.

I can't get HBO, ESPN, or TNT via rabbit ears. I don't mind paying for those channels, but if the locals want me to see their local commercials, they shouldn't make me pay for it on my satellite bill.

Another thing, the satellite guys didn't "drop" KTBS.

KTBS TOLD THEM TO TAKE THEIR CHANNEL OUT OF THE LINE-UP.

 
At 4:32 PM, January 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point 8:52. Nobody got "booted" off of anything. KTBS demanded Dish remove its off-air signal from the channel line-up.

 
At 8:35 AM, January 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. This whole page is littered with TV news from other states. The only Arkansas tie is an old story about KATV's website. What gives? Nothing going on in the Natural State?

 
At 9:47 AM, January 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:52 says:
"They want us to PAY for something we get for free."

Here's a tip: You ALREADY pay for it if you're on Dish. KTBS just wants to be cut in on the action.

And if you're happy to get ABC via an over-the-air signal, then this won't affect you much.

 
At 12:31 PM, January 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, no, we're not paying for it. KTBS says as much. If they (KTBS)want "a cut," my dish bill will certainly go up.

 
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At 3:23 PM, January 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:31 Says: "Um, no, we're not paying for it."

Do the Dish people send you a bill? Then you're paying for it. DirecTV actually charges extra for local channels, although I don't know if Dish does. But regardless, you're paying for the ability to get local channels over the dish If you don't believe it, call Dish up and ask if you can get just the local channels for free.

Local channels are part of the service Dish is selling.

If not, then you should have no trouble just hooking up the rabbit ears and getting the FREE signal off the air.

 
At 5:21 PM, January 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... But regardless, you're paying for the ability to get local channels over the dish If you don't believe it, call Dish up and ask if you can get just the local channels for free."

Good point. I stand corrected.

12:31

 
At 10:57 PM, January 07, 2008, Blogger FHP-DXer said...

I'm really disgusted by both KTBS's greed and the stubbornness of Dish (E*). The people that are within "rabbit ear" range of KTBS can hook up that dusty set of rabbit ears and all is well.

Because American broadcast TV is under this territorial system (Nielson DMA's) those viewers in SE Oklahoma (one county there is in the Shreveport DMA) and parts of SW Arkansas are held hostage because SV stations are not permitted to be substituted by Dish (or DircTV) save for limited DNS feeds (which are unavailble unless one is sub'ed to a HD package).

For those near Shreveport and subscribing to E* (Dish) locals and own a HDTV or SDTV with a ATSC tuner and don't need the Dish DVR, you can dump locals and save $5 per month. That would buy a nice Channel Master CM 4228 antenna and receive KTBS-DT in snow-free high def--and avoid the present and future outages between broadcasters and cable/sat ops.

 
At 2:26 AM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congress needs to change the law so that, if a local station tells a satellite or cable company to drop their channel, the satellite/cable company can replace it with an out-of-market station. That will introduce some competition into the system, and put an end to the extortion tactics that KTBS is using.

 
At 2:31 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just congress you have to deal with. Most affiliate agreements give the station the exclusive right to distribute their network's signal over a specific area. Even if congress says it's OK, the cable and sat providers may not be able to replace a station.

 
At 3:52 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love mickey goodwin and her sexy belly button.

 
At 11:47 AM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see that 40/29 lost the Rogers signal this morning (Friday)? I assume the Rogers half went down, because the morning weather guy was anchoring the news before Good Morning America.

 
At 5:53 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the scoop on the KATV tower collapse?

 
At 11:21 PM, January 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That it collapsed, 5:53 PM.

 
At 11:05 PM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what you pay for the locals is to help cover the extra equipment and maintence it takes for dish network to send you the locals on your receiver

 
At 10:12 AM, January 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please settle you differeht with Dish...I think the 300% increase you are asking for is a bit ridiculous. If I were paying to advertise on you channel I would reconsider just how many people were now cut off and unable to see my ads. Please rethink you position.

 
At 10:20 PM, January 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTBS is only asking for 1 penny per day. If that is a 300% increase, they were getting almost nothing in teh beginning. 300% increase of 0 is still zero. Dish is trying to use numbers to prey on the uneducated people of the area. Dish told KTBS that because they are locally owned, KTBS's product was not worthy of 1 penny per day. It has no problem paying the other local affiliates that money, because they are also owned by large corporations like DISH is. I personally enjoy KTBS the most out of any station, and I have for a LONG TIME. If people only realized that the other affiliates did not have to fight the battle that KTBS is having to fight, they would change their tune. KSLA and KTAL are just as greedy, but they didn't have to work for their fair share. But isn't that always the way....forget the little guy.

 
At 2:34 PM, July 17, 2008, Blogger Den said...

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