Why no Public Access on Dish or Directv ?

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  1. Grant B

    Grant B Producer

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    I gotta admit the only thing I miss about our horrible cable company was the public access channel.
    All cities have different standards and some wonderful person took the cable company to court which ruled it could not censor anything after 10pm on San Francisco Cable.
    Everything from live reports from the Exotic Erotic Ball to the Guy who sat on a stool, wore a Viking Cap showed Hard core porn and screamed nasty 4 letter insults at his callers - we got it all. Some very twisted but way better than the networks!
    I must admit the night I got bored of the X files and turned on public access and a grainy video was on and a guy was talking about seeing through the electrical lines and listening to the voices in them was without a doubt the scariest thing I have ever seen. Sort of like the movie, 'The Ring' but very very real.
    ANyways....WHY NO PUBLIC ACCESS ON DIRECTV OR DISH?
    They made just about every cable company have one channel of PA and the FCC regulates cable along with satellite.
     
  2. Paul_Medenwaldt

    Paul_Medenwaldt Supporting Actor

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    My guess would be, they don't have to do it so they don't air these channels. Also bandwidth.

    Paul
     
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    You mean I can't get "Colin's Sleazy Friends" if I switch from cable??? That settles that one! [​IMG]
     
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    I remember Colin's SLeazy Friends and all those other pathetic but fun public-access presentations on Saturday evenings. Now I don't have cable and am therefore unmoored.
     
  5. Garrett Adams

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    I'm not sure the PA concept is FCC mandated. I think the FCC only regulates the OTA broadcast industry.

    Cable companies have to be licensed by their local corresponding government authority (city or county). These bodies are usually the ones who make PA a requirement under the licensing terms.

    The Sat industry is national and not beholden to local governments.
     
  6. Grant B

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    The FCC nixed the Directv merger with Dish.
    The Fcc mandated that they had to carry local channels o be on equal basis as cble...why not PA!
     
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    Tom Green got his start on the Rogers Public Access channel in Ottawa, Ontario. He submitted a proposal for a show and they accepted it! The rest is history.
     
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    I wish they had public access BROADCAST stations- I'm not going to pay for cable to get it, and I'm not going to go to the trouble of doing my own show for public access when the only people who can see it are those willing to pay for cable (and given what most people subscribe to cable for, they're not too bright and aren't likely to ever see it anyways!) With PBS showing next to no respect for their own viewers, even those who donate to them, we need another non-commercial voice on TV. UC Davis has a great radio station that lets people do almost anything they want on it, and I've always thought it'd be great to have a TV equivalent of that. We've got a couple low-power stations in the area that run nothing but satellite shopping networks, so why not have one for the people? I'd certainly volunteer to help run one!
     
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    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Both Dish and DirecTV don’t carry local channels in all markets. I don’t think that the FCC has made them carry local channels (but I could be wrong).
     
  11. Chris_Morris

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    The FCC's ruling was that if they carried one channel in a market (ie: ABC, CBS, NBC, etc) they had to carry them all (ie: any UPN,WB,local channel, etc) that wanted to and had the ability to transmit their signal to the DBS provider.

    That said, maybe most PA channels don't have the ability to transmit a signal to Dish or Direct?
    Or if it is owned by the local cable company, they may not want a DBS rebroadcasting it.

    Chris
     
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    Definitely not an argument in favor of public access. [​IMG]
     

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