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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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Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:20 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

It is my understanding it is the NFL who sets the price., just like the NBA. Let me know if tat is incorrect

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:14 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

THE NFL is the best run business in the country and it only has 3 major things wrong with it:  1) The interference penalty- ABSOLUTELY ridiculous and should be changed to ref's discretion of blatant (length of play) and not (15 yards only)  2) The kickoff from the 35- DUMB MOVE  3) Their relationship with DirecTV--   corrupt, dumb, idiotic- soon to be bankrupt business.  People should simply watch REDZONE every Sunday now and abandon the Sunday Ticket. The NFL should start putting the games on a pay per view basis on like they do in the preseason and allow them to be PPV via cable - as well.  DirecTV will be history in 2 years - guaranteed.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:53 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Thanks for the heads up.  Going to a friends house that has cable to wacth the game.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:40 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.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:36 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Glossolalia, good info! Thanks. I'll look into that for next year.

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:32 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

The only reason ... and I mean THE ABSOLUTE ONLY REASON I have DirecTV is because of NFL Sunday Ticket.

DynastyofPats, you don't need Direct TV to subscribe to the NFL Sunday Ticket anymore. If that is your gripe. I had Sunday Ticket, the very same programming through the Playstation Network, purchased through the Playstation Store, streamed to my PS3, with all the bells and whistles of the package through Direct TV.

The package itself is $50.00 more (unless you were a new subscriber that got it for free for the first year), but you save on the monthly fees, tuner rentals, stuff you pay for but don't really want or need.

It's just one more reason the PS3 is the superior gaming console. Better processing, graphics, game play and internet service are just the tip of the iceberg.

My Xbox does make a handy paperweight though, and it is a good talking point at my parties. Get's a laugh every time a fanboy tries to claim it's better. Nothing like actual side by side comparisons on the same TV to crush the false claims on the net.

Hope this helps you to solve at least one of life's frustrations.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:26 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Hook up your computer to a big screen:


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:31 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Most serious sports bars already carry Direct TV for the Sunday Ticket so they may be stuck in the same dilemma. Better to find a bar that is less serious about sports so that they have Dish or another cable provider.

I was at a sports bar last week watching the Broncos-Steelers game when the signal went dark in the final seconds of regulation. It was raining hard outside which was interfering with the satellite reception. At home, I was recording the game on cable - no interruption.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:28 pm

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

planet where I know how to tune HD tv signals that are broadcast over the airwaves for free. A coat hanger antenna and a tv is all you need. Why do u need direct tv to tune local channels? Yep I am a moron, but I know how to watch tv for free.
Reception is spotty at best for some channels, Fox isn't one of them though as their signal and ABC's is the better of the bunch. It's NBC & CBS that cut in and out where I live in NMB.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:15 pm
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