Monday, September 08, 2014

More Raycom Crap

I wonder why Raycom doesn't tell its viewers the full story as they seem to want to continue to dawg Direct TV.  I would think they would be thanking Direct TV and paying them as without Direct TV the station's wouldn't have many viewers as it has.  Take a gander at what WMBF..yes a Raycom station posted about Direct TV. 

Raycom Media is a company built on local news. As journalists we pride ourselves on sticking to The Facts as opposed to the conjecture and opinion DIRECTV is sending to customers and Washington.

Here are the facts:
  • DirecTV earned $2.3 BILLION dollars in 2013, and their profits were up 14%, yet they profess to be "fighting to hold costs down for their subscribers."
  • DIRECTV has removed stations from its lineup at least 12 times in the last 3 years as a negotiating and political tactic, including another broadcaster, just last week.
  • Since our last agreement with DIRECTV, Raycom Media has successfully negotiated more than 200 agreements without disruption to our viewers. That's a 99% success rate.
  • In the history of our company only 3 providers have removed our stations from their system-DIRECTV being one of them.
  • Raycom Media looks forward to working with DIRECTV to turn our agreement in principle into a final, fully-binding document. We fully support the terms both parties agreed to Sunday and hope DIRECTV will too.
 Local TV isn't worth paying for.  They preach you will miss your news, weather and sports...really!?!?  The internet is available 24/7 with all that information.  Maybe stations can take those pennies they get from the sat and cable companies and get some reporters/anchors worth watching.  Direct TV and the others should hold out longer..long enough to hurt the station's ratings. Then see whose pocket book it really works. You lose viewers by being greedy you will soon suffer. 


At 8:32 PM, September 08, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DirecTV has just about priced itself out of my home. Probably going back to basic channels and receive the locals OTA with antennae in my attic where they will last for decades.

At 12:18 AM, September 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is almost too dumb a post to bother commenting, but what the heck. Clearly, most people don't know how this whole carriage/re-transmission things works. And that's OK. It's just silly to make such statements without any apparent effort to actually understand how it works. Yes, local TV is free to anyone with an antenna. That does not mean it does not have value to carriers like DirecTV. Basic economics. Not to mention the fact that there is more at stake here - far more - than what you see on the surface and fail to bother to understand. Check out the trends in what NETWORKS want affiliates to pay to THEM now in re-transmission fees. You think gas and milk prices are the only things that are going up? Do you know what happens when an affiliate can't pony up? Check out the revenue per customer trend for companies like DTV, too. Local TV stations aren't quite raking it in like that, and they shouldn't be expected to operate at a loss just to avoid costing a very much for-profit, multi-billion dollar-bottom-line-company a little more for a commodity that is obviously of value to their customers (otherwise, what in the world is everyone so angry about?). Unless you think it's hunky dory to just let someone profit from your investment without a reasonable cut. And then call YOU greedy. That's so backwards it's absurd.

At 1:44 PM, September 12, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raycom is not local TV.

At 9:25 PM, September 14, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't just DirecTV. Raycom also pulled their stations from Dish Network, and Cox Cable.

At 11:16 AM, September 15, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What part of "In the history of our company only 3 providers have removed our stations from their system-DIRECTV being one of them." don't you understand?

If you can't keep up, shut up.


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