TV/cable tiff leads to online WMUR news, but not sports. Life is so complicated ...
Posted by David Brooks | Thursday, July 12, 2012
The parent company of WMUR, New Hampshire's biggest TV station by a country mile, is in a corporate death match with Time-Warner Cable. As a result, cable viewers in southwest and northern New Hampshire are deprived of WMUR and other Hearst Broadcasting content. (Story here)
In response, WMUR has begun live streaming its morning and evening local newscasts, so you can watch them on your laptap even if not on your set - take *that* Time-Warner!
But there's a complication: They aren't live streaming the sports, only the news and weather, because major league sports has all sorts of restrictions about what highlights and snippets can be shown online in what formats at what times. It's all very complicated. In fact, Viacom and DirecTV are in a dispute that centers on online streaming of shows and who should pay who for it.
Technology - it sure can be wicked disruptive.