bit of a head’s up here, I’m not going to name names.
don’t think they’re truly important for this effort. The essay
is about the overall, and somewhat generic, transitions our television
habits are experiencing right now. From what we watch, the broadcast
networks and stations and providers airing the shows, to how we
order it and what we watch it on, the landscape is shifting. Specific
example? NBC at 8pm is different than mature programming at HBO.
We get that idea. Expanding on it in just one way, the ability
to get multiple feeds of the same channel numbs the concept of
primetime in many cases. Along a separate path, televisions, computer
monitors and phone screens are in play.
know this stuff. You know there are other considerations. You,
personally, have approaches and comforts and challenges and solutions
of your own. The way we receive and view and interpret information
and entertainment is the same and different for everyone.
end result, for an essay discussing whether or not a channel is
being carried by a certain provider, is that it doesn’t matter
in certain elements such as which network is negotiating with
which provider. Chances are good we can find the channel, or at
least the shows, if we are willing to look.
for the most part, no naming of names.
haven’t had the Fox network on my television for about a month
now. My provider is involved in negotiations with a company that
owns two of the local stations, with the channel for Fox being
one of them. And I’ve noticed a few things…
– I might not be a regular Fox viewer. Not that I ever considered
myself one to begin with. Though it’s not that I don’t watch
the programming on the network. Instead, with my provider not
providing it, I discovered I only have three shows broadcast
by Fox set up to be recorded on a regular basis.
– Streaming options for networks are funny things. Turns out,
Hulu carries all three of those Fox shows I do record, and offers
them pretty much the day after the scheduled first airing on
Fox. Other networks, say CBS, might not allow me the same accessibility
to the shows. The combination of Fox and Hulu does in this case.
But to the general thought, other scenarios have similar ideas.
Just a matter of having the right options available.
– There are very few shows recorded and stored away that I view
the day they were broadcast. Back to the Fox idea I’ve been
presenting so far, that means that every show I’ve missed by
my provider not offering Fox has been a show that I was able
to watch roughly 24-hours later anyway.
more, but you probably see the idea here, just from these three
points: Fox isn’t my main viewing option… Fox shows are on Hulu…
I haven’t been delayed in seeing any shows from Fox.
another contract negotiation that is apparently also taking place
between my provider and a network these days. This one actually
involves a company that owns and operates a larger group of networks.
Something like two dozen or so different channels are in danger
of interruption and/or removal from my provider.
not going to go into the ins and outs of such negotiations. It’s
not important for me to think about which of their channels I
do watch and which I don’t. Nor is it important whether or not
any of the channels individually have more or less value than
any of the others in the package. As with our other moments in
this essay, these are valid concepts, but not really where we’re
headed right now. Instead…
I heard about those negotiations, I thought about my current situation
with Fox and Hulu. And, a bit more specifically, I thought about
Fox and Hulu and the packaging of stations based on my own viewing
could be talking about any of a number of stations/networks/services.
Netflix and TV Land and CBS and Animal Planet and HBO and FX and
on and on. If you watch Game of Thrones you probably
feel very strongly about one of those options. If you watch Fargo
you might feel strongly about a different option. Ditto for The
Big Bang Theory. Some stations matter to you. Others not
a show from Australia called Rosehaven. I like it. Terry
likes it. The third season began its run in January of 2019. In
the United States, Sundance got its distribution rights and we
jumped on when season one began showing. I have zero idea how
it performed, but the scheduling of it got moved around a bit,
and it felt like the way Sundance treated it shifted significantly
between season one and two. We had concerns about whether or not
they would show season 3 (and so far, to my knowledge, they haven’t).
Terry and I have been busy with a few other things, but we both
believe that once we do look for it again, we’ll find it. Sundance
or not, we’ll find it.
trick is, what’s important to you may or may not be important
to me. (About the only thing we can all agree on, nationwide,
is that none of us are watching ESPN. Which is a funny joke, based
on truth, but more importantly leads me to the summary…)
two stations right now, I have soothing music playing with a message
telling me not to call because my provider is aware it is unavailable
and is working to restore it. On those other stations where I
have read media reports that negotiations are unsettled but moving
along, an occasional post appears letting me know I could lose
that channel soon. Funny thing though…
I read one article about the contracts being worked on, I also
saw a note about how some stations went off the air about seven
years ago, which evidently was when the last contract between
network and service provider was negotiated. And, you’re going
to laugh (because I said it was a funny thing), I didn’t remember
that those stations weren’t available for about a week in 2014.
I couldn’t recall looking for them at any time and not finding
guess is, if a station goes off the air for whatever reason, including
some powerplay negotiations-are-ongoing move, and you don’t notice
the soothing music and static message in place for about a week
then it really doesn’t matter. Get enough people together where
it matters to none of them, and a network has a problem.
circles back to that ESPN joke of mine. Because ESPN should worry,
but not panic. At least they’re not MTV. People may not be watching
EPSN. The majority of people don’t even know MTV is still on the