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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Linus

I didn't realize that I could/should initve others to read my live chat. I found that covering sports was an easy way to cover something non-stop but for someone not too sports savvy I'm sure my coverage would have been embarrassing to an avid sports writer. Since sports is so fast-paced, it was hard to incorporate the other elements required for the assignment without missing a beat. It was also a challenge to get photos and videos to input easily… They would import without the ability to give them any context. Although CoverItLive wasn't difficult to use it was a bit clunky and I would have rather just used Twitter to cover the event.

Gary Dayton

As private businesses, broadcasters and retransmitters are perfectly within their respective rights to withhold services from each other after the terms of an ending contract have been completed and prior to the signing of a new one. If these tense negotiations continue to escalate, and broadcasters continue to invoke this drastic tactic, I think they will pay a price to the public. Namely, the public isn't likely to stand by idly as their favorite programs are replaced by color bars for very long. They'll cry foul, and advertisers will take note. When ad dollars move to broadcasting companies that are more keen to negotiate calmly with respect to viewers, that will likely dampen the haste to pull programming in the midst of negotiations in the future.

Internet programming is changing the business dynamic between retransmitters and broadcasters, so negotiations are bound to get testy over the next 5 years or so. Let's have both sides remain conscious of each others concerns, but also remain conscious of the viewing public (who ultimately pays the bills). There is no need for the government to step in here and regulate the protocol for negotiation disputes. Your companies, though on opposite sides of the table, will prosper together and in doing so will provide a great service to the public if you negotiate fairly and don't drag the government in when you don't get your way. It pisses me off when the government plays favorites anyway.

Insight customer,
Gary

ARGO

We're not missing out on anything important.

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