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December 21, 2010

Why is DIRECTV threatening to dump WECT?

Filed under: Uncategorized — WECT @ 9:50 pm

Annette Fountain writes…

Why is dishnetwork threatening to dump WECT? If it is money, you need to pay it to to stay on the air, or visa-versa.

Annette,

The situation is with DIRECTV.  We’ve been working to reach a fair agreement with DIRECTV that would allow its subscribers to continue receiving our station’s signal. Unfortunately, to date, DIRECTV has not accepted our offers of resolution. Despite our best efforts to negotiate in good faith with DIRECTV, our agreement with DIRECTV is set to expire on December 31st.

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14 Comments »

  1. I AM A DIRECT TV SUBSCRIBER. I WONDER WHO YOU ARE ADDRESSING WHEN YOU ANNOUNCE THAT YOUR PROGRAM IS IN “HIGH DEFINITION”; YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT ON MY 46 INCH FLAT SCREEN. WHY NOT? YOUR LOCAL PROGRAMMING, ESPECIALLY THE NEWS, IS PATHATIC. YOUR REPORTERS ARE AT, OR NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE MEDIA FOOD CHAIN.
    WORSE YET, I DETECT A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEANING IN YOUR REPORTING.

    IF YOU CANNOT COME TO AN AGREEMENT WITH DIRECT TV, THE LOSS WILL BE YOURS.
    RDH

    Comment by bob hart — December 21, 2010 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  2. Why would directv pay you when your channel is free in HD ? I have Directv and watch all my local channels through an antenna in HD because Directv does not broadcast the local channels in HD. What am I going to lose if an agreement is not made?

    Comment by David — December 23, 2010 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  3. I’d like to know what is the real reason for DirecTV dropping WECT. From all I’ve read, no one is given a viable reason for their action. Are other NBC affiliates being dropped or are you just being targeted? I will not keep DirecTV if they drop my favorite channel. They may stand to lose a lot of subscribers!

    Comment by Susan Foy — December 23, 2010 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  4. If WECT is dropped by DIRECTV I will drop DIRECTV!

    Comment by Paul Wagner — December 24, 2010 @ 2:22 am | Reply

  5. DirectTV comment makes it sound like it is the local broadcast stations fault if the channel gets dumped. They claim the following: “DIRECTV is currently negotiating with the owners of your local broadcast station to continue carrying their channels after December 31st, 2010, when our contract with them expires.

    As a negotiating tactic, they have decided to run a message on these channels threatening their removal from DIRECTV. We have been negotiating in good faith to try and reach a resolution and will continue to do so. If an agreement is not reached by the deadline, we intend to continue to provide the stations unless the station owner demands that we take them down. If they do come down, it will have been solely the station owner’s decision to take the channels away from our customers. Please enjoy your DIRECTV® service as you do today. There is nothing you need to do at this time.

    For the latest updates, please refer to this website.

    We thank you for being a DIRECTV customer and will continue to provide you with the superior television entertainment that you have come to know and rely on. “

    Comment by Debra — December 24, 2010 @ 3:26 am | Reply

  6. Would the dispute with DirecTV be about the fact that High Definition programming is not available on any of the network channels?

    Comment by Sid Pruitt — December 26, 2010 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  7. DirecTV claims you are not negotiating in good faith. Someone or both of you are lying. See their statement from their website:

    We’re Negotiating to Keep Your Local Broadcast Station on DIRECTV
    DIRECTV is currently negotiating with the owners of your local broadcast station to continue carrying their channels after December 31st, 2010, when our contract with them expires.

    As a negotiating tactic, they have decided to run a message on these channels threatening their removal from DIRECTV. We have been negotiating in good faith to try and reach a resolution and will continue to do so. If an agreement is not reached by the deadline, we intend to continue to provide the stations unless the station owner demands that we take them down. If they do come down, it will have been solely the station owner’s decision to take the channels away from our customers.

    Please enjoy your DIRECTV® service as you do today. There is nothing you need to do at this time.

    Comment by Susan Johnson — December 27, 2010 @ 2:48 am | Reply

  8. did the jewery store make good on the snow deal

    Comment by edward gore — December 27, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  9. we have watched wect ever since it has been in existence and we want to beable to watch your channel. we also have been subscribers of direct tv for the last 15 years. i understand we will no longer be able to get this channel through direct tv after 12-31-10 due to being able to agree to the new contract. in our location we will be unable to pick up your channel on any antennae. please reconsider agreeing to this new contract. we have always enjoyed your channel especially the local news and weather. thank you .

    Comment by Mary Jo Tyer — December 28, 2010 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  10. My family has watched TV 6 for our entire life, we look forward to rising in the mornings to hear the lastest on news sports and weather. We live in the Bolton area and have Direct TV because we cannot get cable. So I guess this means the viewers will have to spend the money to buy boxes and antenna’s if we want to continue recieving your channel.Please help me understand.

    Comment by Stacy Ellis — December 29, 2010 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  11. 1.I dont understand the negotiations between wect and direct tv but it seems like one station is blaming the other. Below is what direct tv is saying to their customers on their website:

    *****DIRECTV is currently negotiating with the owners of your local broadcast station to continue carrying their channels after our contract with them expires.

    As a negotiating tactic, they have decided to run a message on these channels threatening their removal from DIRECTV. We have been negotiating in good faith to try and reach a resolution and will continue to do so. If an agreement is not reached by the deadline, we intend to continue to provide the stations unless the station owner demands that we take them down. If they do come down, it will have been solely the station owner’s decision to take the channels away from our customers.*****

    I dont know what the issues are and hope that they are resolved before the expiration date because if not I will no longer watch the wect viewing channel nor will I continue my service with direct tv.

    Please get this issue resolved.

    Comment by Jessica — December 31, 2010 @ 12:51 am | Reply

  12. Any idea when this will be settled?? I would like to upgrade bbut I will not until i know if Direct stays with the two local stations. If these channels are droped I will drop Drrect tv and go with DISH TV

    Comment by Joe Madry — January 2, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  13. it will be a shame if wect looses direct tv because we r wide spread and shame on the owners of wect sorry for you

    Comment by kenric laforte — January 5, 2011 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  14. It is unfortunate when something like this happens and unfortunately it does happen to every company in the pay TV industry. Usually this presents a reason to see what other providers offer as far as specials and promotions. I’m an employee and subscriber of DISH Network and DISH does carry WECT channel 6 in standard and high definition. Right now DISH is offering some great promotions and has 6 core packages with everyday prices lower than DIRECTV’s lowest package. So if you’re not satisfied and DIRECTV hasn’t reached an agreement with WECT for the renewed carrying of that local station you should definitely take a look at DISH.

    Comment by Ray — February 8, 2011 @ 11:10 pm | Reply


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