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The world to on-line movie and television has not stood still while I’ve been resting on my laurels, so to speak. Just recently, We went through a blackout of our locally owned NBC station, by their parent company, due to a dispute with Dish Network over retransmission fees. For almost 2 weeks we had no NBC, not that I missed it, but others in the house do watch stuff on it. so it was a problem. I called the local station and got the we can’t do anything, because it actually has nothing to do with us, its our parent company, fighting with Dish, and they get caught in the middle. I called Dish, and got told that Raycom Media had asked for about 400-600% in retransmission fees, Fees which was unwilling to pay.In doing research I found that this not the firsrt time Raycom has used this tactic to get its way. There is still a ongoing dispute between them and CBS and Time Warner, that has been going on for several months. It seems now that the major stick point in that particular fight is digital distribution rights. Thats is to say, CBS is ready to just give away digital rights to it contents, so its becoming more important to include them into deal when their negotiated
TW and CBS & Netflix
For more information about . Blackout of local station across the country check out theses links;
HEARST TELEVISION KNOCKS OUT LOCAL TV FROM COAST TO COAST
WHO ARE THEY KIDDING? CONSUMERS ARE SMARTER THAN THAT!
VIEWERS LEFT WITH NO PLACE TO TURN AMID SUMMER OF BLACKOUTS
CBS AND NETFLIX ANNOUNCE EXTENSION OF MULTIYEAR LICENSING AGREEMENT FOR LIBRARY CONTENT IN THE U.S.
In the end the consumer is left hold the empty remote that does not fulfill its promise of entertainment. However, today there are many option that were not available even 10-5 years ago, in some cases even a couple of years ago.
Today, if there is nothing on the possible 250 stations, depending on your package, There are alternatives, Many set-top boxes, theses include everything from your blu ray player, to dedicated OTT boxes such as Apple Tv, my favorite, the Roku now offer a huge number of channels. Channels ranging from the almost mainstream, Netflix, and Amazon, to a world of channels covering a wide variety of topics and interest. Most of the channels are free, Even the ones that are pay, aren’t that expensive. The point is with the right OTT box connected to your tv, you should always be able to find something you WANT to watch, when you Want to watch it, instead of just watching what's on because it the only thing on. The DVR has pretty much eliminated the need for appoint TV, or Must See TV, No Appointment needed, You don’t need to see it Now, you can see it if and when you want, and in many cases want.
The current big hurdle is getting content providers to work with distributors like Netflix, and Amazon and do deal that allow them to make money, and still price Netflix and Amazon out the business, No one makes money if the content is locked up in a vault somewhere gathering dust.
This is hopefully the first of many more articles to be written and put up here in the future. I’m hoping this new platform will allow to me to do more and keep up with media and technology as I feel the need to comment on it