Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

John Kerry Warns News Corp Against Fox Blackout
DSL reports ^ | 12-31-09 | Karl Bode

Posted on 12/31/2009 1:58:22 PM PST by Snickering Hound

Phone, cable and broadcast companies can get away with a lot in DC, but they best not stand between a man and his football games. As we noted yesterday, Time Warner Cable and News Corporation are engaged in a retransmission fee fight that could wind up with Fox programming being pulled from Time Warner Cable's channel lineup. This apparently displeases football fan and U.S. Senator John Kerry, who sent a letter to News Corp. warning them that Uncle Sam would step in if Fox programming is disrupted later on today

(Excerpt) Read more at dslreports.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: 8mmreenactment; doyouknowwhoiam; fox; foxsports; halpusjoncary; horseface; iamwearingadiaper; iservedinnam; isuckatfootball; kerry; lifelikewaxmannequin; lurch; oopsicrappedmypants; senatordouchebag; terayzasprettypoodle; timewarner
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-68 next last
John Kerry is a sissy GIRLY MAN KERRY Pictures, Images and Photos
1 posted on 12/31/2009 1:58:25 PM PST by Snickering Hound
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

They are a private company and can do whatever they want... that being said, if they drop fox I will drop them.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 2:00:14 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Geez, you’d think that a guy who works with Bawney Fwank all the time wouldn’t be so afraid of balls flying at his nose...


3 posted on 12/31/2009 2:00:28 PM PST by jessduntno ("The system is working just as it should..." - Jan "The Man" Napolitano)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

I am irritated that Fox moved up the Dallas game to 4:15 meaning I will miss it Washington plays at San Diego at 4:15.


4 posted on 12/31/2009 2:00:43 PM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or you excited to come to America?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

First of all, John Kerry, this is none of your damn business..
Secondly, does this only affect Time Warner standard cable or both digital and standard cable(We have digital in the den so thats why Im asking)
Damn decisions decisions, Directv or Dish


5 posted on 12/31/2009 2:01:37 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Thank god for REAL hero’s like John F Kerry.
Doing the jobs others in congress won’t touch.

Stay strong senator and hope there are no more nightmares of Christmas in Cambodia.


6 posted on 12/31/2009 2:02:26 PM PST by mowowie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
“Fox and Time Warner need to strike a deal - millions of football fans are depending on it,’’ said Kerry, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on communication, technology, and the Internet. "Having screens go dark because two parties couldn’t come together in time is no solution. New Year’s Day and football are synonymous in households across the nation. Private industry negotiations cannot disrupt a fundamental American tradition right."

This is what he was really saying. The democrats want to control every part of your life.

7 posted on 12/31/2009 2:04:23 PM PST by rawhide
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

I’d like to see Fox leave them.

Why support a liberal corporation that seeks your undoing?


8 posted on 12/31/2009 2:04:38 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

John Kerry images on the Net are just way too hilarious...


9 posted on 12/31/2009 2:05:18 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Did he send a threatening letter to Time-Warner?


10 posted on 12/31/2009 2:05:28 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

This affects all TWC customers.


11 posted on 12/31/2009 2:06:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

So it doesnt matter if you have digital cable or just standard cable(not digital) it is affected?


12 posted on 12/31/2009 2:08:21 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Perdogg
I noticed your from Virginia if you get this station they are going to show the Cowboy game instead of the Redskins. Fox 43
13 posted on 12/31/2009 2:08:33 PM PST by federal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
John Kerry who served in Vietnam!! john kerry
14 posted on 12/31/2009 2:08:49 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne Get Well Rush!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Watching football in America is a RIGHT, dang nabbit!.... march in the streets for social justice! There IS no security in America unless we are secure in our knowledge that the NFL will be on television. All you NFL deniers should be ashamed!!! Not insuring that every American has equal access to football is just plain un-American!!! You free enterprise corporate cable lovers can go STRAIGHT TO HELL!!!! /sarc (of course) ;-)


15 posted on 12/31/2009 2:09:07 PM PST by rhombus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jessduntno
Geez, you’d think that a guy who works with Bawney Fwank all the time wouldn’t be so afraid of balls flying at his nose...

Aw geeez...

You did not have to go there...

16 posted on 12/31/2009 2:09:59 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

Yes. If Time Warner Cable is transmitting your local Fox affiliate to you instead of using a digital antenna on your home, then yes.


17 posted on 12/31/2009 2:10:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

Well we do have a digital cable box, would that TV that has digital cable still receive Fox? My room and the other 3 TVs have standard cable, but the one in the den has digital box


18 posted on 12/31/2009 2:16:45 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: TexasFreeper2009

Dittos to that! TWC just raised my rate again for their crappy service anyway. Have already been pricing Direct TV and At&t.


19 posted on 12/31/2009 2:17:50 PM PST by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

The government controls banks, 2 auto makers and is working on the healthcare industry. Why not control TV too?


20 posted on 12/31/2009 2:17:50 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda
First of all, John Kerry, this is none of your damn business..

IIRC, several years back there was a similar issue where football wouldn't be broadcast in a certain area, and John Kerry stuck his nose in the middle of it.

21 posted on 12/31/2009 2:17:50 PM PST by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Is Kerry the Senator from France, or Vietnam? I keep forgetting.


22 posted on 12/31/2009 2:18:35 PM PST by UCANSEE2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Go to hell, JOhn KERry


23 posted on 12/31/2009 2:19:12 PM PST by Hexenhammer ( The Spirit of '76!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: UCANSEE2

John Kerry wants his 15 minutes of fame. Let him go to Iran, lets hope they want to keep him. Would do us a HUGE favor


24 posted on 12/31/2009 2:20:02 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: nagdt

I’ve been pricing Directv and Dish..don’t know which is better to go with


25 posted on 12/31/2009 2:20:38 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
"... that Uncle Sam would step in if Fox programming is disrupted later on today ..."

*************

Friggin' amazing how the government can step in and fix ANY problem, isn't it?

Anybody remember where we put that old Constitution thing?

26 posted on 12/31/2009 2:20:40 PM PST by DNME (Remember, we are still under a state of national emergency for H1N1! Remain vigilant!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
Phone, cable and broadcast companies can get away with a lot in DC...

Is Kerry still in DC or is he back "home" in Massachusetts?

-PJ

27 posted on 12/31/2009 2:21:01 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Petronski
"Geez, you’d think that a guy who works with Bawney Fwank all the time wouldn’t be so afraid of balls flying at his nose..."

Aw geeez...You did not have to go there..

Stahting tomowwow, I pwomise...nah...it's Kewwey and Fwank...no new weaf...

28 posted on 12/31/2009 2:23:29 PM PST by jessduntno ("The system is working just as it should..." - Jan "The Man" Napolitano)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound


29 posted on 12/31/2009 2:23:31 PM PST by Cobra64
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

I guess we’re going to find out.

We have no digital converter boxes in this house, so we may be out of luck come football time. I guess I’ll be searching the webz for an illegal feed. heh.


30 posted on 12/31/2009 2:24:27 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: DTogo

31 posted on 12/31/2009 2:25:01 PM PST by jessduntno ("The system is working just as it should..." - Jan "The Man" Napolitano)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeMind

Drive a nail into Time Warner’s black heart.
If the shoes were reversed they would destroy Fox.


32 posted on 12/31/2009 2:25:01 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

The local CBS affiliate in Topeka did this recently with Cox Cable. They had an interesting argument - the cable company participates in no way in the cost and production of programming (or fees to the NCAA etc), so why should they be allowed to air it for free, and profit from it.

The interesting counter-argument a local talk radio guy made was: what about the Drudge Report. They don’t produce anything that they link to...yet they profit from it. What’s the difference?

The question also came up: “Isn’t CBS worried about losing viewership, if their spot on the cable dial goes dark?” Surprisingly, the station manager said that the bulk of their viewership (something like 70%) watched on an antenna, which really surprised me.

Ultimately, the local affiliate won (were using final 4 tournament for leverage). They got a per subscriber fee, which Cox passed directly onto their customers....

Which opens up a whole new argument over a la cart programming...

Alot to ponder. I think Fox should be able to charge for their product though, so I’m on their side...but if I had cable, I would probably cancel it as a result. WHAT THE HECK does John Kerry have to do with this...and why does he think his committee has ‘jurisdiction’?


33 posted on 12/31/2009 2:25:58 PM PST by lacrew (The 274th trimester is a very late procedure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

This affects all FOX prorgamming: FX, Fox News and your Fox affilate. Rupert Murdock wants a buck a subscriber from Time Warner and Comcast or HE yanks it. It’s not them taking it off.

TW has offered 50-60 cents per customer and will accept arbitration. Rupert is the one play Hardball to use a competitors term.

If he wins, Disney and all the others will follow suit and then our cable bills will be really hit hard.. I’ll break out the rabbit ears to watch the Bearcats beat the Gators.

Lucky for me the Bengals are on NBC this weekend.


34 posted on 12/31/2009 2:26:10 PM PST by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

The local Fox TV station, FX channel and some Fox Sports Net channels will be cut off for all Time Warner customers. It doesn’t matter if it is digital cable or standard.

If you have an antenna and a TV capable of receiving digital TV (HDTV or over the air converter box) you can get the local Fox channel with an antenna.

Personally, I think Time Warner isn’t the bad guy in this. Rupert Murdoch is trying to get a more than 300% increase in the fees paid by Time Warner, fees that will be directly passed on to Time Warner cable customers. Murdoch is trying to get one dollar per subscriber for the local Fox affiliate. The current average is 30 cents per subscriber.


35 posted on 12/31/2009 2:26:26 PM PST by MediaMole
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: TexasFreeper2009
FOX is dropping them, not the other way around. FOX wants a insanely high fee that will raise your cable bill $2-4 a month.

Yes FOX has the right to ask whatever it wants, but Time-Warner also has the right to negotiate it to something sane. After all, whatever they agree to, YOU will be getting the extra bill!

36 posted on 12/31/2009 2:26:48 PM PST by packrat35 (Democrat Healthcare is a 9-11 Attack on the Constitution)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Petronski

” because two parties couldn’t come together in time is no solution.”

Not touchin’ it!


37 posted on 12/31/2009 2:28:01 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

The one nice thing about dish, is that once you have service on your home, you can set it up rather easily on your motor-home.

My brother uses that feature. When you’re out camping or traveling for a few weeks to a month, it’s nice not to be totally cut off.


38 posted on 12/31/2009 2:29:56 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
If Time Warner is threatening to drop Fox football, shouldn't he be threatening Time Warner?
39 posted on 12/31/2009 2:32:45 PM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL
This affects all TWC customers.

Not all. Two years ago, TWC in North Idaho had the same dispute with the local FOX station - we went without FOX for one year. It was brutal missing 24 and NFL games, I would have switched to satellite in an instant, but we can't get a signal where we live.

From looking at the local TWC website, it looks like the agreement that they reached last year is still in effect and we will not lose FOX again in this current dispute.

40 posted on 12/31/2009 2:35:17 PM PST by PrivateIdaho ("... like a wild potato.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: PrivateIdaho

That is awesome for you guys then. Too bad you missed so many games.


41 posted on 12/31/2009 2:36:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound
Enemies of the Republic collector's card #8:
> The Nancy Boy
42 posted on 12/31/2009 2:37:31 PM PST by Tawiskaro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

F*** the NFL and all who support the liberal bastion of evil...


43 posted on 12/31/2009 2:38:23 PM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

We found that Direct didn’t allow local networks so we stayed with Dish which is ok but I think much too expensive for programs we like to watch.


44 posted on 12/31/2009 2:39:45 PM PST by GrannyK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: jessduntno

John Kerry on Fox’s side- either he owns the stock or he started partying already


45 posted on 12/31/2009 2:39:58 PM PST by op2tima (people who voted for obama are responsible for ft hood and nwa/dal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

And Kerry has what power to do this other than thinking he is someone?


46 posted on 12/31/2009 2:40:05 PM PST by chris_bdba
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: x
This apparently displeases football fan and U.S. Senator John Kerry, who sent a letter to News Corp. warning them that Uncle Sam would step in if Fox programming is disrupted later on today...

Wait a minute! Kerry's sending a threatening letter to News Corp? Seems to me he oughta be sending the threatening letter to Time Warner, the ones who are threatening to drop Fox.

Oh, wait...that's right, News Corp (Fox) are the bad guys, Time Warner are the Dim-o-crap apologists.

47 posted on 12/31/2009 2:42:37 PM PST by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: chris_bdba

Yea,yea,my wife has breast cancer,but this is football
were talking about!!


48 posted on 12/31/2009 2:42:43 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Snickering Hound

Abuse of power.

I would make sure that his television set was one that was blacked out.


49 posted on 12/31/2009 2:51:25 PM PST by cranked
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sarah Barracuda

I’ve had DirecTV for years and I don’t think you can beat the service they provide. I’ve heard the opposite about Dish TV but I’ve never dealt with them so I don’t know.


50 posted on 12/31/2009 2:53:36 PM PST by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-68 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson