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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

From the Mailbag: WKYC-HD & Dish Network

From: David in Cleveland

Q: When will WKYC HD go live on Dish Network? Dish Network is claiming that the local affiliates are holding everything up because they want more money. Do you have any information on this?

A: I posed this question to our Research Director who shared the following:

"We don't negotiate with Dish Network locally and we haven't heard any news on DISH local HD signals lately. There are probably a number of reasons why DISH doesn't have local HD signals available, the least of which is local affiliate demands. They have a small market share here, so Cleveland HD may not be a priority. We know that Direct TV had to launch a new bird to have the ability to offer service, so DISH might have technical issues as well. Direct TV has all of the local HD signals available now, as does Time Warner and all the major cable providers in town. So "local affiliates" haven't prevented DISH competitors from providing local HD service."

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