- May 6, 2004
Possible good news?? I see nowhere on the CBS Chicago website about Dish. Good sign?
If CBS shuts off their channels then yes I will lose them. Will it affect me? I will be disappointed to lose some of the shows but won't lose my lunch over it. I would rather Dish stand up to the bullies than cave. Hell CBS should be free anyway...
I remember buying a tv for myself for the first time. A 13" B&W from Sears. I asked the sales person if I could connect cable TV. Her response was, "oh this gets good reception"....We had just gotten cable in our town. Just the local channels, HBO and a couple other channels.Okay, disclaimer that I am a Dish employee. Anxious to hear from people who remember the early days. In my community, cable started in the 1970s. Back then. it was channels 2-13. We had multiple versions of ABC/NBC/CBS, along with PBS. The cost of cable was mostly for building and maintain the physical plant, the network of wires through the city, and the antennas put up high to catch the signals of the channels. I don't believe anything was paid to any channel. The channels were generally okay with this, their cost was paid via advertising. And now, those channels could boast being watched in a much larger area than just the range of their transmitter, so I assume they could (to some extent) charge more for advertising.
We had HBO on channel 2. Only a single HBO back then. It was extra, as customers had to pay for this, as HBO had no advertising at all. HBO survived off of subscriber payments, filtered through the local cable company. Now, of course, we have networks that run ads that expect subscribers to pay for the right to watch. We have local channels, who run ads (and make money from them) that expect subscribers to pay for the right to watch.
Do you live close enough to Tyler, Waco, or Wichita Falls that you might be able to get CBS out of one of those markets OTA?
Not a good answer, surely there is someone that can create a list, perhaps not 5000, but a short list at the least. After all she does have a point.We may use 5000 acronyms here at times. It is easier to answer the occasional question then to build a chart....
I'm sorry you didn't like my answer. It seems you want somebody, anybody, to do something that is little needed, just as long as it isn't you. Once again, we get an occasional question as to what an acronym might be. Those questions get answered quickly. It works, why fix it....Not a good answer, surely there is someone that can create a list, perhaps not 5000, but a short list at the least. After all she does have a point.
How about an accessible user list like was done a while back with the stations owned / operated by, my that was a long, complicated one and so many of you addressed it.
Time Warner Cable in the LA NYC and Dallas markets lost a little over 300,000 subscribers in a one month black out of CBS stations last year.
Even Charlie cant afford to lose those kinds of subscribers because when customers start jumping ship in those numbers guess who will be right behind them?
Vhf is pretty rock solid, real channels on 6, 7 & 12. UHF is not as reliable due to terrain as we get the signal bounced off the mountain behind us. Wife does not like relying on OTA so channel fights are problematic here.OUCH!! Do you pull in good signal strength with that there gorilla antenna? That is a huge one.