WRTV General Manager Don Lundy is a long time indychannel blogger (he’s no OFF THE CUFF, but he has a reputation to protect) and he has an interesting discussion about the WISH TV versus Brighthouse Cable controversy. If you want the other side of the coin, go to the Brighthouse web site.
As I write this, the battle between LIN Television and Bright House Networks continues into its second day. The parent company of WISH-TV (Channel 8), WNDY-TV (Channel 23), WIIH-TV (Channel 17) and the LWS Cable Channel is at odds with the company that provides cable television service to around 135,000 customers in Indianapolis’ center city and outlying northern suburbs.
Neither side could agree to terms moving forward on carriage of the television stations and cable channel, so all of them are no longer being provided to Bright House’s customers, of which I am one. No CBS. That means no CSI…no David Letterman…no Katie Couric. (OK, two out of three ain’t bad.)
I know my biases are showing, big time. But, I’m a strong believer that anyone who takes a product and resells it should compensate the rights holder, in this case, LIN-TV. It would be akin to someone renting a DVD at Blockbuster and charging people to watch it in a theater. That’s illegal.