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Programming Changes

Posted By twilson

In preparation for future upgrades and moving forward with the times. Effective 12/19/2018 All analog broadcast will end on Sister Lakes Cable. These channels have been simulcast in digital HD for several years now.  These changes are required for future growth of Internet and HD video services that will be launching in 2019.

Channel 5 is 17.11

Channel 6  is 22.1

Channel 7 is 57.11

Channel 8 is  16.1

Channel 10 is 46.1

Channel 13 is 28.1

Channel 16 is 22.2

Channel 19 is 34.1

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DMX Music Channels

Posted By twilson

DMX Music in working with multiple sites has agreed to extend their operational lifespan to 03/31/2019.

The rates under the DMX – Sister Lakes Cable Affiliation Agreement have remained unchanged for over 10 years.  DMX recently notified Sister Lakes Cable that the fees DMX is paying for HITS Transport to deliver the DMX signal to Sister Lakes Cable have increased over the years to a point where they are losing money on continuing to provide DMX via HITS  Transport to Sister Lakes Cable.  Given the increased delivery costs, DMX has informed Sister Lakes Cable that they will be discontinuing delivery of DMX Music Channels to Sister Lakes Cable.

These Changes will occur on 03/31/2019

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Spike Channel re-branding to Paramount Network

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Sister Lakes Cable Subscribers,

On January 4th we were notified by Viacom Media (owners of Spike TV) that Spike will be renamed to Paramount Network as of January 18, 2018.

 

 

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Notice of Discontinuation of the Chiller Programing Service

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NBCU has now officially determined that they will cease distribution of Chiller effective January 1, 2018. This was a decision made by NBCU and will effect all TV and Satellite providers world wide.

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WSBT Programing Rates

Posted By twilson

Dear Sister Lakes Cable Subscriber,

This Article is being provided to help the consumer understand how the local broadcasters  can and do impact your cable bill.

First lets look at the how and why a Broadcast station can impact your cable bill.

Retransmission consent is a provision of the 1992 United States Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act that requires cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to obtain permission from broadcasters before carrying their programming.

A broadcast station (or its affiliated/parent broadcast network) may propose that the cable operator, such as Sister Lakes Cable, pay cash to carry the station or ask for any other form of consideration, such as an additional channel for supplementary programs. The cable operator may also refuse the broadcaster’s proposal, in which case the station may refuse to allow the cable operator to retransmit its signal.

The Communications Act requires that a television station give its consent to a cable system or other multi-channel video programming distributor (MVPD) to carry its broadcast signal.  Television stations and cable systems, as well as satellite carriers, negotiate for this “retransmission consent” and money or other consideration is generally exchanged between the parties in these private negotiations.  If the parties do not produce an agreement in time, they may decide to extend the existing agreement, which means they would continue to carry the stations during their negotiations.  If they do not reach an agreement, then the cable system or other MVPD must stop offering the stations to their subscribers.

Now lets talk about who is driving prices for the programs you are watching. Sinclair Broadcasting may not be a name you hear often. Here is a bit of their Bio from their website.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all the major networks. In addition, Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of sports content. Sinclair owns a multicast network, four radio stations and a cable network. Sinclair’s broadcast content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms.  Sinclair, either directly or through its venture subsidiaries, makes equity investments in strategic companies. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. was founded in 1986, went public in 1995 and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol SBGI. Sinclair Proudly announces  they own 193 television stations, 575 Channels of programming in 89 markets in the United States.

Some will recall WSBT just recently  acquired WSJV’s Fox.  This was acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting the parent company.

Now we have addressed the legal side of why and the who we are dealing with we need to look at why negotiations are important to help keep costs down.

    • Retransmission fees are the #1 driver of increases in cable prices for consumers these days.
    • Sinclair already gets some of the highest rates in the country; their rates increased over 40% per subscriber last year alone.
    • As a result, customers’ bills will increase to the point where they may be a burden to many.

Congress, in Section 325 of the Communications Act, sought to reduce the likelihood that TV viewers would face this roadblock. The law requires broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to negotiate for retransmission consent in good faith. Congress gave the Commission the authority to keep an eye on these negotiations, and our rules include a two-part framework to determine whether broadcasters and MVPDs are negotiating in good faith.

  • First, the Commission has established a list of nine objective standards, the violation of which is considered a per se breach of the good faith negotiation obligation.
  • Second, even if the specific standards are met, the Commission may consider whether, based on the totality of the circumstances, a party failed to negotiate retransmission consent in good faith.

What we have seen as good faith at this point is take it or leave it.  Our Co-Op the NCTC has issued this statement our retransmission consent negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group have reached an impasse and our discussions with them have ceased. How can Good Faith negotiations fail, Simple they want more of your money and we are fighting to keep your costs down.

So as one to ask for help in this fight, I am going to provide a few contacts at Sinclair if people would wish to weigh in on your cable bill increasing.

Corporate Headquarter can be reached by phone at (410)568-1500

David B. Gibber  VP/Depuity General Counsel can be reached by phone at (410) 568-1693 or emailed at dbgibber@sbtv.com

Lee Schlazer  by phone at (310) 430-7530  or emailed at lschlazer@sbgtv.com

 

 

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MLB Post Season Schedule

Posted By twilson

Standings as of 10/1
MLB Network  is on Channel 23
FS1 is on Channel 457
TBS  is on Channel 15
All times ET

Wild Card

American League Wild Card
 Yankees win ALWC
1 Tue, Oct 3 FINAL W: Robertson, L: Berrios WRAP
National League Wild Card
 NLWC on Oct. 4
1 Wed, Oct 4 8:00 PM Gray (10-4) at Greinke (17-7) TBS

Division Series

American League Division Series
 ALDS begins Oct. 5
Gm 1 Thu, Oct 5 7:30 PM TBD at Bauer (17-9) FS1
Gm 2 Fri, Oct 6 5:00 PM TBD at Kluber (18-4) MLBN
Gm 3 Sun, Oct 8 TBD Carrasco (18-6) at TBD FS1
Gm 4* Mon, Oct 9 TBD Tomlin (10-9) at TBD FS1
Gm 5* Wed, Oct 11 TBD TBD at Kluber (18-4) FS1
* if necessary
American League Division Series
 ALDS begins Oct. 5
Gm 1 Thu, Oct 5 4:00 PM Sale (17-8) at Verlander (15-8) MLBN
Gm 2 Fri, Oct 6 2:00 PM Pomeranz (17-6) at Keuchel (14-5) FS1
Gm 3 Sun, Oct 8 TBD TBD at TBD FS1
Gm 4* Mon, Oct 9 TBD TBD at TBD FS1
Gm 5* Wed, Oct 11 TBD TBD at TBD FS1
* if necessary
National League Division Series
 NLDS begins Oct. 6
Gm 1 Fri, Oct 6 10:30 PM TBD at Kershaw (18-4) TBS
Gm 2 Sat, Oct 7 9:00 PM TBD at Hill (12-8) TBS
Gm 3 Mon, Oct 9 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 4* Tue, Oct 10 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 5* Thu, Oct 12 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
* if necessary
National League Division Series
 NLDS begins Oct. 6
Gm 1 Fri, Oct 6 7:30 PM TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 2 Sat, Oct 7 5:30 PM TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 3 Mon, Oct 9 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 4* Tue, Oct 10 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 5* Thu, Oct 12 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
* if necessary

League Series

American League Championship Series
 ALCS begins Oct. 13
Gm 1 Fri, Oct 13 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 2 Sat, Oct 14 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 3 Mon, Oct 16 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 4 Tue, Oct 17 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 5* Wed, Oct 18 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 6* Fri, Oct 20 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
Gm 7* Sat, Oct 21 TBD TBD at TBD FOX / FS1
* if necessary
National League Championship Series
 NLCS begins Oct. 14
Gm 1 Sat, Oct 14 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 2 Sun, Oct 15 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 3 Tue, Oct 17 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 4 Wed, Oct 18 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 5* Thu, Oct 19 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 6* Sat, Oct 21 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
Gm 7* Sun, Oct 22 TBD TBD at TBD TBS
* if necessary

World Series

 WS begins Oct. 24
Gm 1 Tue, Oct 24 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 2 Wed, Oct 25 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 3 Fri, Oct 27 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 4 Sat, Oct 28 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 5* Sun, Oct 29 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 6* Tue, Oct 31 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
Gm 7* Wed, Nov 1 TBD TBD at TBD FOX
* if necessary
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Missing your Favorite Shows?

Posted By twilson

Sister Lakes Cable now offers TV Everywhere with your cable subscription.  TV Everywhere is a platform that allows you to use your cable account to access all of your favorite content on your TV networks web page.  How does it work? It is simple go to the link at the top of the page for TV Everywhere. Click Register, answer a few simple questions and click the register button.  Once your account is active you can use the ID you created to access hours of content from all your favorite stations.  This method allows you to use your Apple TV, Roku and other devices directly on your TV to stream your content.

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Sun Outages Fall of 2017

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Sun Outages- Fall of 2017

POSTED BY TWILSON

What you need to know about sun outages.

Twice a year, during the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.” This Q&A will help you understand what they are and how they will affect you.

What is a sun outage?

A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

How long do they last?

Interruption in TV service due to sun outages can last up to a few minuets per day.

How do they affect watching TV?

During this time, you may experience interference with picture quality and sound when watching television. Sun outages do not affect internet.

When do they affect watching TV?

For our area, this will occur starting around 1:30 PM and end around 4:45 PM. Each satellite is impacted  for several minutes a day and different video feeds are impacted at different times due to satellite placement in the Arc. This fall the Sun Outages will begin around 10/03/2017 and end on 10/13/2017.

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WHME 46.2 Change in Programming

Posted By twilson

Effective on 07/01/2017 Lesea Broadcasting has discontinued the COZI TV feed and has replaced it with ION TV. Our staff at Sister Lakes Cable were not notified of this change until after it happened, We apologize for not giving advance notice of this change.  In cases like this we are at the mercy of the broadcast station for information and programming updates. We will be making adjustments to our channel line up pages and on screen guides as soon as possible.

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Planned AEP Power Outage 6/27/2017

Posted By twilson

AEP has notified us that there will be a planned power outage on 6/27/2017 Starting at 2:00 AM lasting till 5:00 AM while they perform maintenance at one of their sub-stations. This will impact T.V. and Internet services during this time. Please allow up to 30 mins after power is restored as we restart our services.

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