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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Watching the Game should be a public service because "The Way things are Going" on Corporate Giants and the Elite can actually afford to go to the games now. You know, the guys that caused the Economic meltdown with their greed and then had The People bail them out. The guys who looked the other way and made a fortune selling bad loans Then bet the other way with insurance to clean up on both sides of the tickets.- Disgusting! The more I look at it, the people have already bought and paid for the rights to see the playoff games andIt's a small consolation compared to the losses in stolen Retirement funds and Job Loss. Hey, The rich get richer by lying, cheating and Stealing and it is all legal! Only in America. That is whats wrong with America, The elite feel entitled.
The top 1% Probably gets the feed anyway at the expense of the Taxpayers so what do they care.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Several things wrong with this, including how the dispute is playing out.

FCC regulations are in fact being violated. Therefore it is a Federal Crime.
Call the government, they'll take som more of your rights, and in return, give you the nanny state you all want.

Second -Fox stopped feed and posted the following:' “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."

Did not think anyone in the broadcast area could read english, let alone read...


 Seriously. It is a shame, and it is disgusting. It is also a symptom of greed, and a result of the Aiello / Goodell abuses. Think about it.

Good luck to all teams this weekend. Thank you for the fans, and let's play football. 



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Direct TV taking a stand against runaway greed sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

IS THIS SPORTS NEWS !!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

That picture is awful. 1 star out of spite Will, burn!



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

DirecTV SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

More Greed, plain and simple.  Every company trying to push profits at the expense of the average joe.  The average fan cannot afford to go to the game and now their going to pay more and more to watch from home.  Sad.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Couldn't they just unplug Direct TV and put up rabbit ears? In today's world, is the antenna even necessary?



Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

if you read it right it is sunbeam and not direct that is charging the increase.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Sunbeam/DirecTV dispute costs Miami Fox affiliate

Seriously, the greater Miami area not being able to view football games is newsworthy?  The people living in that area don't show up for their own teams games, why should the rest of us care that the local cable company is trying to shakedown DirecTV?  I'd be surprised if the people living in south Florida even remember that pro football is played or that they have a team of their own.


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