I sent an email to George Sirven, General Manager of KTBS:
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 7:31 PMTo: Sirven, GeorgeSubject: Dish Network
Dear Mr Sirven,
I am a Dish Network subscriber and of course, can’t get Channel 3 any longer. I was pleased when I was able to get local stations on my dish rather than out of town affiliates of the major networks.
My question to you is what added value does Channel 3 offer in the last four years that makes it worth more than twice as much to Dish Network?
I really believe that you are shooting yourself (and your advertisers) in the foot by not reaching an agreement.
Thanks for you time
I promptly received a reply today:
Thank you for the email and comments regarding Dish Network. We will continue to search for solutions to this problem. In the meantime, I recommend you explore other options of receiving our signal-- either with an antenna or other cable or satellite provider that carries our signal.
Your question can be quite complex. Nonetheless, we just want to be treated like other television stations Dish currently carries. They have made it clear to us they will not pay KTBS because we are single owned entity and not part of a major corporation. While this does not make a difference to you, the viewer, we do not believe this is fair.
While I appreciate the prompt reply, I have only two comments. First, I like Dish Network and do not intend to change just for Channel 3. I will have to live without them.
Second, I still believe they are shooting themselves in the foot, fair or unfair.