Channel 21 Concord NH down to 2 subchannel while Channel 68 is up to 4

Larry Weil
Sun Dec 30 02:32:51 EST 2012

Must carry means just that, the cable system must carry the station.  There is no money exchanged, in lieu of asking the cable system to pay, a station can invoke must carry and must be carried by the cable (or satellite) system.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

Sent from my iPhone, so please excuse the brevity.

On Dec 30, 2012, at 12:12 AM, Bob DeMattia <> wrote:

> *Scott Fybush wrote: *
> *Must-carry applies to only one program stream per must-carry station.
> Everything else is negotiated, and ion doesn't have the leverage to force
> its subchannels on cable.*
> Ion owns both 21 and 68, both in Boston DMA.  As far as I've seen,
> only one stream is carried on cable.  I would guess because the
> primary channel is the same on both stations.
> Is it just the primary stream that must be carried?  If not, who
> decides which one subchannel is must-carry?
> Is there some way Ion can use both stations to get two streams
> carried?  Perhaps using different programming on 21-1?
> On another related topic:
> Since one stream is must-carry, how does this affect the "program strikes"
> that seem to pop up now and then - for example when WHDH disappeared
> from Direct TV a few years back because Direct TV didn't want to pay
> Sunbeam what Ansin was asking.  Is it must-carry only when the
> cable operator agress to pay the TV station what they are asking?
> It seems like the operator could get around must-carry by simply refusing to
> pay the asking price, no matter how low.
> -Bob

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