Oh my. Well we do. And, living at the coast, most people here do. Well today I sat down to watch The View, which I’d DVRed and instead saw a message directing me here.
Basically our local ABC station, KATU, and DISH have been unable to come to terms and renew their contract. So, for the moment, NO ABC! How crazy is that? No View (a biggie for me), no Grey’s Anatomy. We don’t watch much else on the station and I’m glad it’s rerun season. Especially with our stormy weather though I have been skipping around the local news stations. Anyway, how very lame.
I called the General manager of KATU, John Tamerlano, like DISH encourages. Of course his mailbox was full, but eventually someone picked up. I’m not taking sides in this issue so I just said I wanted to support the cause (i.e. reaching an agreement) and re-iterate that I missed my programming and that I hope they can reach a compromise soon. I’m kind of sorry for the poor people being bombarded with calls. Same goes with the sponsors.
For KATU’s side click here. Notice they don’t mention the amount of their license fee. Makes it seems they may have something to hide. Hmmm.
After doing a bit more investigation this whole things seems to have gotten ugly pretty fast. Both sides are encouraging viewers to head for the competitiors (KOIN and KGW, cable and DIRECTV). As I remarked to Tony a few minutes ago, this whole issue seems to be a microcasm of what could be around the corner on a much larger level. It’s somewhat exhilerating. But still annoying.
I hope this is settled soon.