Spectrum/Charter Cable vs NBC Boston

Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Mon Dec 19 10:30:57 EST 2016

Can a station owner revoke retransmission consent and change to must-carry?

I don't see it on 'MFP yet, but I assume that NBC is being carried on a
WMFP subchannel so must-carry is not an option there.
WBTS is LP, so again, no must carry.
If they put NBC on the WNEU primary, they could invoke must carry : but
then they would lose all those subscriber $$.

I bet WWLP is happy to get carried into Worcester county and is willing to
settle for a lower price than NBC.

Incidently, Charter has already been carrying WGGB for years in Worcester.


On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 8:54 AM, Paul Anderson <
paul.anderson@vmssoftware.com> wrote:

> WWLP is more appropriate for western Worcester county, while
> WBTS/WNEU/WMFP is more appropriate for eastern Worcester county.  Boston is
> only a few miles closer to Worcester than Springfield.
> Since the signal from WMFP is equal to the signal from WHDH, Charter’s
> argument doesn’t make sense.  But maybe it will be good to see news from
> other areas than Boston or suburban Boston for a change.
> Paul
> > On Dec 19, 2016, at 3:43 AM, Kevin Vahey <kvahey@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > It appears that Charter/Spectrum Cable in Worcester County is electing to
> > carry WWLP out of Springfield come January 1 instead of WBTS. Can Charter
> > legally pull this off? How does 'must carry' rules apply when WNEU is
> > providing a signal into the county but on a sub channel 60.2 and WBTS-LD
> > can not be picked up OTA in Worcester County.
> >
> > Charter is saying WWLP being in Massachusetts is a better fit than WJAR
> > Providence. They carry WNEU 60.1 but do they have to carry 60.2???? WMFP
> > falls into the same gray area.
> >
> > Legally what are the options?

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