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Posted: 12/06/20 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not really sure how Nexstar thinks they're in a good position here, although I'm not defending Dish or Direct in these annual fights.

I have Dish and live in the Dallas area but about 30+ miles from most of the transmission towers. Yes I can get *most* of the local channels OTA, but reception isn't rock solid. But on Dish all they offer are the primary local digital channels and none of the secondary channels, i.e. I can get 4.1 on Dish but not 4.2. So I'm not getting all the locals in the Dish/Nextstar agreement. Given that the broadcast range on the digital channels is so pathetic compared to the old analog, Nexstar looses a large broadcast audience by dropping Dish and by not including the secondary channels in their Dish contract. Audience size relates directly to what the broadcaster can charge and get for commercials, so a smaller broadcast range would seem to hurt Nexstar the most.

Now Nexgen or ATSC 3.0 should change all that by combining OTA with Internet reception, but so far it hasn't gone completely mainstream. It is available in my area, but there are very few new TVs supporting it yet.

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Thanks for your clarity sports. Happy Camping

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Besides WGN we lost CBS and ABC. Set up an appointment and a Dish tech came out yesterday and set up an outside antenna as an inside wouldn't pick up CBS. I now have all channels back but WGN along with some new ones. They are all on my Hopper and Wally's in all rooms and I can record them. They charged me $0.


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Had to use LoCast last night to watch Sunday night football. LoLife (Locast) interrupted every 10 minutes to sign me up for a once a month “donation”. I’ll have to find something different.



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FlatBroke wrote:

Had to use LoCast last night to watch Sunday night football. LoLife (Locast) interrupted every 10 minutes to sign me up for a once a month “donation”. I’ll have to find something different.


I tried to get Locast to work on my Samsung "smart" tv for the game but could never get it to work. Either my tv isn't smart enough or the operator.... [emoticon]

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Having been both a directv and dish customer, I struggle to understand how these media conglomerates think they are going to continue to charge companies like DTV, Dish and the cable companies - when companies like Locast are streaming the same product for free.

As Starlink and other vendors expand their coverage, I can see a time where satellite based broadcast companies are going to be losing market share for two reasons.

1. Cost - why pay for the service when you can get it for free?
2. Cord Cutters.

We all pay for internet - which we use for various reasons (work, email, streaming, etc). Starlink is still in it infancy, and for 99.00 a month - it's not quite cost effective to cut the cord and buy ala carte.

Depending on what Starlink ultimately costs, it may spell the end of Satellite broadcasting.

Personally, after a lengthy discussion with my customer service 'friends' at Dish, I cut the cord and went with other solutions (e.g. Locast, philo, and Pluto tv. I have 99% of what I had for just a little bit less than what I was paying for with Dish - that includes the cost of my internet at the house.

If starlink pans out, I'll dump comcast and then I can be completely mobile by taking my starlink dish on the road as I'm out RVing.

Until then, when I go, I use my pay as I go with Dish.

Indirectly, these media conglomerates are going to put the other vendors out of business (e.g. DTV, Dish, and Cable companies TV rebroadcasting). I don't think it's in their best interest because it's all about subscription based advertising - and with many cord cutters paying for premium services (e.g. Disney +) the advertising revenue is diminishing for them.

Many of the next generation are never going to have a single provider (e.g. Dish, DTV, Cable Companies) and that will drive the advertising revenue away from the media conglomerates and onto platforms like Google, Facebook and other social media outlets.

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Locast is a neat service. Too bad it's only available in limited areas. We live in an area where no OTA TV is available even with use of antennas. I'd gladly pay for this service if it was available in my location in TN.

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