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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
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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: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:11 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.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

The only reason people in miami would want to watch the playoffs is to cheer on anyone who plays the patriots anyway ! Still thats a good enough reason for me




Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

@HockeyFan2010...actually, you're the moron.  Nothing in life is free.  What planet did you come from?



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:07 pm
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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:06 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Morons, Local channels are broadcast for free.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

There is a disturbing trend going on with local cable companies and national providers like DirecTV and DISH.  Where I'm located in Western New York, Time Warner Cable and MSG Network have cutoff business talks because of a disagreement on revenue distribution. As a result, more than 1 million residents in WNY don't have MSG channel.  It all boils down to GREED.  The love of money has crippled America.  Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that television companies are at war among each other over financial issues.  And as of this posting, MSG Network and Time Warner Cable has yet to agree upon a resolution.  Heck, both companies are not even close to coming to an agreement.  Sad.  



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:04 pm
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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

The notion that watching the NFL playoffs is a public service and not a privledge is why this country is going in the wrong direction.

and not only the playoffs, the season games too...



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:37 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

they are doing the same thing in wyoming except for it is dish tv and fox. seems like the problem here is the fox people. they channel has been out for two weeks going on three for no football on fox.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

bulldogcaptain wrote:
Direct TV taking a stand against runaway greed sounds like the pot calling the kettle black
Right!

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

They pay a TON of money to keep their contract exclusive and keep NFL Sunday Ticket out of the hands of other providers.

What do you think would happen to their stock if it were announced that they were losing their exclusivity?
NOSEDIVE! Maybe the government would have to bail them out too! That's probably why the fair trade commission doesn't step in!

I moved from Boston to Florida 13 years ago and haven't missed a single Patriots game since.

During those 13 years I have had to call DirecTV 50-75 times regarding endless billing and programming errors. Nothing but incredibly frustrating nightmares. And I know you're gonna say that most companies have poor to mediocre at best customer service departments ... but there isn't even a close second to DirecTV!

In fact, I have a friend that worked at DirecTV in their customer service dept. He told me he couldn't stand working there and quit because he was surrounded by idiots. He looked up my account and laughed at page after page of notes that chronicled a comedy of errors ... all on DirecTV's behalf!



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