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I think the point was, why bother negotiating with WB and UPN to get them on HD-LIL if they're going away as separate channels within the year. By the time 2006 is up and the 24+ top markets have HD-LIL satellite capability, D* can start offering the new "CW" channel (one channel = one negotiation = less work for D*) via HD-LIL.
 

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jcricket said:
I think the point was, why bother negotiating with WB and UPN to get them on HD-LIL if they're going away as separate channels within the year. By the time 2006 is up and the 24+ top markets have HD-LIL satellite capability, D* can start offering the new "CW" channel (one channel = one negotiation = less work for D*) via HD-LIL.
That's my take on it....
 

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jcricket said:
I think the point was, why bother negotiating with WB and UPN to get them on HD-LIL if they're going away as separate channels within the year. By the time 2006 is up and the 24+ top markets have HD-LIL satellite capability, D* can start offering the new "CW" channel (one channel = one negotiation = less work for D*) via HD-LIL.
You negotiate with the station owner groups anyway, so they'll be negotiating with the same owners for the same stations. Nothing changes in that regard. Possibly the network agreement will permit a national satellite delivered channel -- but that doesn't change DirecTV needing to negotiate to carry all the local HD stations to remain competitive with cable; it just might mean some of those stations are no longer affiliated with a network.
 

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This whole thing has my hopes up. In my market Sinclair owns our Fox and WB. The Fox is HD and the WB isn't and won't be according to sinclair station manager. Our UPN is owned by Raymand inc. They also own our CBS here. The CBS has been full power HD for a very long time compared to all our other stations. They also seem to be very well financed. They started to do UPN 3 years ago as a low power station. It's still low power but it's carried on every cable and sat company in our region. There are also offered as a sub channel on the digital cbs signal.

Sinclair seems to be the biggest loser in this deal according to many over at avs forums. So I'm hoping they decide to have nothing to do with the CW since they are fighting moving to HD so hard. Then I'd like to see our CBS affiliate commit to finally going HD and full power with CW. The other scenario that could work to my benefit is if D* picks up the CW as Hd LIL or as a national channel. Then if they haven't worked out the details for my market I ask for waivers to get the national channel or the St. Louis CW that is now WB11.
 

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The other thing Rupert's decision about LIL for UPN and WB does is gives him leverage to get CW affiliation in his duopoly stations. He could dangle early LIL for those who affiliate with FOX-owned stations, and drag his feet for those who don't. He could also dangle a temporary CONUS CW channel if all of his duopoly stations get affiliation, which would help the CW launch, which they need desperately. If he doesn't get full affiliation, he could create a CONUS HD and an SD channel from his 20th movie library and sports holdings to compete directly with and to counterprogram CW, just to twist the knife. It's good to be the king.
 

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WXXT (ch. 30 ant, ch. 11 cable) carries UPN, but WB is TWC only (ch. 2) same as Bingotown. The fact that WETM (NBC) owns WXXT leaves it's future a bit up in the air, but basically WXXT carries the programming that WPIX does except for local news and any programming that's for the metro area only.

I shouldn't say it doesn't mean squat because I do TiVo the Mets' games and I did just set up a SP for "Everybody Hates Chris" last week. I guess most of the stuff these stations airs flies under my TV radar.
 
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