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Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:18 am
Edited on: January 14, 2012 11:42 am
 
By Will Brinson

Miami-area subscribers to DirecTV wanting to watch all the NFL action might want to start calling their nearest sports bar and reserving a table, because a dispute between Sunbeam and DirecTV has resulted in the local Fox station getting yanked from the television sets of about 270,000 homes.

In Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, WSVN-Ch. 7, the local Fox channel, replaced the station's feed with the following message at midnight on Saturday:

“No need to call us. Service will be restored as soon as technical difficulties are resolved. Please check this channel periodically for status updates. Sorry for the interruption."

In addition, the Sunbeam dispute has caused the NBC affiliate in the Boston area to be blacked out. That's not nearly as bad for football, of course, but it's not exactly good news either.

The technical difficulties aren't technical, though. They're financial -- Sunbeam and DirecTV can't reach an agreement on the cost for retransmission fees.

"There is always one outlier, like Sunbeam, who has no problem committing an unthinkable abuse of the public trust in an effort to shake down an excessive financial arrangement for themselves," said Derek Chang, executive vice president of Programming for DIRECTV said in a statement released by DirecTV. "We have no problem compensating Sunbeam fairly, but we have to take a stand against runaway greed and a shameless attempt to extort a more than 300 percent fee increase that our customers risk having to absorb. Sunbeam has completely disregarded its obligations to the public, NFL fans and hundreds of thousands of our loyal customers."

It's possible that this dispute will be resolved by the time that the Packers and Giants start playing on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. But there's little to no chance that these customers receive any Fox feed by the time the Saints and 49ers tee off on Saturday.

The smart, albeit incredibly frustrating, move is for anyone in the Miami area with DirecTV to bolt for their nearest watering hole.

Ed. Note: We previously had Boston losing Fox in here; apologies for that and thanks to Mac for pointing out it was NBC.

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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

No worries NY 41 GB 38.It's a lock,albeit a weak one.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Another reason to dis the cable and satellite ripoff services. If enough people dropped them, the networks, and the NFL,  would have to go back to *free* TV for all.


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Oh sure that was a great system!!  Half a dozen channles and one game!!  No not me!!  I'll gladly pay for more and more and more!!  I don't mind working to have money for nice things.  Bet you voted for Obama!!     



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:44 am
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Well that bites.  Hopefully they'll find away arond this issue.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:16 am
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

And word on the street is that the blackout rules could be reviewed soon. Let's see what happens.




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:58 am
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Another reason to dis the cable and satellite ripoff services. If enough people dropped them, the networks, and the NFL,  would have to go back to *free* TV for all.



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

WSVN and Sunbeam is demanding a 300% increase in retransmission fees and using paying customers as leverage to do so.  DirecTV also made a request  to lift the blackout for the games and not only serve customers, but local sports bars that rely on these games being shown since most of them carry DirecTV for their Sunday Ticket.  Care to guess the response from Robert Leider?

“What they are doing is trying to leverage the game. If we do that, where is our leverage?”

Call WSVN and complain at 305-795-2777.  Make sure local sports bars that are losing business because of this know to contact this number as well.  This number has been posted on espn.com and nfl.com, and i would suggest you post it as well.  Be sure to also contact the marketing department for any companies that may be advertising on FOX, specially during football playoffs and let them know that a huge base in a major market will not be seeing the ads that they pay for.

Call Robet Leider at 305-795-2602 and leave him an unfriendly message.  You can also email him at rleider@wsvn.com




Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Direct tv has the balls to talk about excessive greed when they charge $360 for the NFL package. Now that's hilarious. If it wasn't for their monopoly on the NFL rights to programming most subscribers would leave. Bunch of crooks.
I agree with you shane_pga. In addition DirecTV has the hypocrisy to bitch about greed when they force me to pay for channels that I will never ever watch, don't want, and didn't ask for, all in the name of greed.

When you ala carte to them they whine about how the price will go up if that happens. No way. EVERYONE will still pay the same fees for ESPN etc and the other channels they really want. I don't give sh** about QVC and all the other junk.




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Incorrect. DirectTv paid the NFL a huge sum of money for the right to broadcast all of the games, and they are now trying to recoup it.

People here need to read the article above before blaming DirectTV. It is the local affiliate that is holding this up. 



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:29 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Put Obama's name up and CBS deletes you.   whats the matter CBS?  NOT PROUD ANY MORE?



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Hey CBS....get off your liberal political high horse. 


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