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  • Anonymous

    Glad to have Channel 5 back! Big brother is almost on.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to have Channel 5 back! Big brother is starting up soon.

  • Anonymous

    It was 3 weeks + not two weeks and WABI should be ashamed of itself.  Only its viewers were hurt…DirecTV was not hurt one bit.

    • Anonymous

      true. we were still paying for direct tv sans channel 5

      • Anonymous

         Not me.  I called them up and told them I wanted the fee for my local channels to be adjusted for the loss of those 2 stations and they agreed to it.  I got a $5.00 credit on my most recent bill.  I guess telling them I was looking into switching to Dish didn’t hurt either. ;)

        • Anonymous

          That’s right–DirecTV also gave me a $5.00 credit for not having channel 5.  That is  good deal, because WABI doesn’t HAVE $5.00 worth of viewing a month.

          • Joe

            DirecTV has been great, I called and complained and they gave my a $15 credit towards next month’s bill (more than WABI did).  This is a black eye to channel 5, local my arse!   BTW its been three weeks, not two. 

          • Anonymous

             Good deal.  DirecTV actually gave me 3 months credit too, $5.00 per month for 3 months. 

          • Anonymous

            Then why watch and why be upset when you don’t have it?

          • Anonymous

             I enjoy watching golf on CBS on the week-ends.  That’s about it.  And the CW?–not even close to watching this so-called channel. 

        • Anonymous

           I called up DirecTV and they gave me 3 months of free movie channels. That’s a good deal considering that WABI has only been off air for 3 weeks.

        • Anonymous

          I also called Directv and ended up getting $10 per month off my bill for the next 6 months, PLUS an additional $5 a month off for the hassle.  Guess this also goes to show, Directv treats their customers differently in what they offer for discounts.

    • Anonymous

      And..   Advertising

  • Anonymous

    Direct tv don’t need channel 5, channel 5 needs direct tv!

  • Anonymous

    HUH?   “Young said he heard from many viewers of his station and that those who
    station officials were able to directly communicate with understood and
    supported WABI’s position.”
    Sorry, Mike, but I TRIED to communicate with WABI, but none of my e-mails were answered.  However, DirecTV was more than cooperative in communicating with me.  How does Mike dare to say things he knows are not true?  Public opinion was far and away against WABI.  Life without Channel 5 was fine, I will now stick with Channel 2 and 7 for news.  The only thing Channel 5 has that even remotely interests me is CBS Golf on week-ends. 

    • Anonymous

      I am right there with you, freddiestevens!  I also sent 3 emails to WABI (the last one 2 days ago to the ‘big guys’ at the top)  and never got any replies, either.  What ever happened to good customer service?  I guess it got replaced with corporate greed & the fat wallets at WABI.  Directv was great every time I spoke to their c/s.  They never said a bad word about WABI, either.

      I also agree with you that WLBZ news is much better, too.  We watched WABI so much we did not know what we were missing on other channels.  Thanks for helping us find better TV, WABI.

      • WABI doesn’t care, all they want is more green lining their pockets. Greedy coporate folk.

      • Anonymous


        Thanks for helping us find better TV, WABI.”

        LOVE IT!!!

    • Anonymous

      Thats funny they responded to me and direc tv never did.  Well guess what direct tv went by by 

  • Anonymous

    There is something wrong with this picture. DirecTV pays 5 to broadcast their signal and their endless commercials. Seems like a little double dipping to me. Maybe the networks should start paying the satellite and cable companies to provide the signal to viewers this digital crap has ruined. I miss the old analog rabbit ears that always worked. Would the prices go down?  I’d doubt it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. The companys that own these networks act like they are doing cable and direct tv a costly favor by charging them rediculous fees to broadcast the junk they offer. Need we remind then that without cable or satellite tv  Disney, Discovery. Amc ect would be nothing.

      •  I get 2-5-7-12-22 at camp with an attenia for free

        • Joe

          Where’s your camp, top of Everest?

          • Anonymous

            Good reply!   I can’t get signals 15 miles from the tower without cable.  HDTV may give a great picture, if you live in town and can see the towers.  Other than living in town, HD is sort of worthless for rural america.

  • Anonymous

    There is something wrong with this picture. DirecTV pays 5 to broadcast their signal and their endless commercials. Seems like a little double dipping to me. Maybe the networks should start paying the satellite and cable companies to provide the signal to viewers this digital crap has ruined. I miss the old analog rabbit ears that always worked. Would the prices go down?  I’d doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Channel 5 was off my Direct TV line up?  For two weeks?  Just kidding.  Of course I noticed, I just don’t really care, I guess.  The station isn’t the same without Don Colson. 

    • Anonymous

      Don who?  j/k

    • Passadumkeagah

      One thousand “likes” for that statement!

  • Anonymous

    This article seems entirely one-sided.  Based on the vast majority of comments I saw on the stories since the event happened, public opinion was vastly on the side of DirecTV, who essentially saw WABI’s position as a “screw the viewers, full-profits ahead!”

    WABI should know, we’ve seen this from them to often.  I won’t be fooled.

    • Anonymous

      WABI should be ashamed, beating down a little guy like DirecTV.

      • Anonymous

        What WABI -should- be ashamed of is the poor ages they offer their staff.  I know college educated professionals working for them who left to take jobs in retail, still making $1/hr more, and even in retail, they are making just under $10/hr.  Which means my friend went to college for four years, paying tens of thousands to study media broadcasting, and she was still making less than $9/hr working for WABI.

        So, if you think I have any sympathy for a company that likes to tout their “local dedication”, and make its viewers think it’s such a great place to be…well, when you hear the behind-the-scenes garbage that goes on there, they get no sympathy from me.
        I’m not saying it’s right for everyone.  But for me, there’s no doubt.  WABI isn’t something that gets any kind of loyalty from me.

        • Anonymous

          Shouldn’t you be upset with the people who forced her to take the job at WABI?

          • Anonymous

             WABI has a reputation of firing the top paid on-air news people.  (Craig Colsen, etc.) and promoting within at a smaller wage.  Then they hire wannabees at an extremely low salary because there are all kinds of people who will work for next to nothing to be in the business.  All you have to do is watch their news casts and you can see the results…..reporters who truly don’t have a clue.  It’s sad because WABI used to have top-notch announcers….not any more.  Jon and Catherine are OK and Tim.  The meteorologists are pathetic.  They spend endless time reading temperatures that are on the screen.  Do they think we are so stupid we can’t read them ourselves?  And the forecasts are quite inaccurate a lot.  Very unreliable!  I’m impressed with Channel 2 and will stay with them now for news.

          • Anonymous

            Shouldn’t you be upset with the people who forced her to take the job at WABI?

          • Anonymous

            I’m not “upset.”  They’re all grown-ups.  My friend is the one who took the job for a stupidly low wage.  I’m just glad my friend smartened up and moved on when my friend realized that could do better than the slave-wages that my friend was making.

        • Passadumkeagah

          Reality: This is what they call a “training market.” All local television stations are losing money hand over fist. These people are lucky to have jobs in a very small market. The entire industry is being replaced with youtube. I’m not calling their wages fair (or liveable), I’m saying this is the reality of a non-essential job (and I have the deepest respect for these people).

          • Anonymous

            Reality:  I know that already.  Several good friends have been made here, but when they (on-air talent) get experience and better offers in bigger markets, they leave.  Of course.  Who wouldn’t?  I would!  :-)  Well, that’s not true, ’cause I’m still here after 20+ years…but I love Maine.  :-)

  • About damn time. Tired of hitting the Portland Button

  • Anonymous

    Its pretty bad when the only reason I tune in to Channel 5 is to watch Danny Cashman followed by Peaks Hill Lodge on Saturday nites……..other than that, Maine’s First Station is my last choice

  • Anonymous

    I contacted Directv several times by email and was answered promptly each time. I emailed WABI and Diversified Communications over 2 weeks ago…still waiting for a response from either. Screw WABI, if I had another CBS feed, I’d never tune into them again.

  • DirecTV is a ripoff.

  • The bottom line is don’t fool with Mike Young, he never ever backs down and it is his way or the highway.  When I lived in Holden, channel 5 did not come in at all unless you had cable.  I didn’t, I had Direct TV and bought the East West CBS signal.  Mike shut me down and said the signal was fine for Holden.  All I got was snow but Mike charged his advertisers as if I were a viewer even though I could not view channel 5.  The man really is a ruthless businessman.  I feel bad that the Direct TV viewers had to go through this but when you deal with Mike, you deal with an unreasonable man.

  • Anonymous

    yay, now i have another channel of crap to watch. 

  • Anonymous

    channel 5 was off the air!???   well i’ll be darn.

  • Conley Raye

    The FCC should be in control to prevent this from taking place. We are a small market and acceptable to it all. No protection…….Just like the one telephone company in our small towns. No choices and no protection.

    • Anonymous

       Unfortunately, it is Congress who allowed this to happen when they passed a bill a few years back, totally in bed with the networks, to allow “local” channels to do exactly this.

    • Anonymous

       I live in a populated area, a medium sized city and we only have one telephone provider at&t (formerly Bell South), our sister city only has one, Verizon.  Most cities only have one phone company to choose from.  Other choices are to get phone through your broadband connection via your cable company, vonage, or magic jack. 

  • Conley Raye

    I really don’t need CBS.Person of interest is the only show that we enjoy and we have been without it now for a month, so WABI and CBS has lost, big time over this. I hope someone can let CBS know as TV 5 could care less. But…..no one will

  • Anonymous

    I hope you guys survived not having channel 5 for 3 weeks….LOL…
    Like it was the end of the world or something…

  • Guest

    ….

  • Anonymous

    Big Mike played the bully card with Time Warner as well.  He sees it as another Davy and Goliath success story.   I see it as a small time wannbe, trying to play the big wheel in one of the smallest TV markets in the country.  I am fortunate enough to get Ch 13, so I don’t need 5 at all. I hope TW takes him off of the air when he tries to play that garbage against them next time.

    • Anonymous

      Me too.

  • Anonymous

    It was off the Direct TV for over three weeks.  Funny things about the piece.  WABI is owned by an international conglomerate with offices on four continents and anyone who has dealt with WABI knows who the real bully is.

  • Anonymous

    Did some more research – funny thing how the deal was reached at 8pm last night.   Apparently last night, at 8pm, was the first Prime Time night of the Nielsen ratings period.  Coincidence?  Who do you think caved in now?

  • Anonymous

    I say lets get rid of cable and Satillite tv, go back to the old days when you only had 5 or 6 chanels of junk instead of hundreds of chanels of junk. It was free at least.Get out enjoy the outdoors enjoy your families and leavet the fat cat execs to nagotiate how they are gonna get back the millions of viewers and revenue  they have lost.

    • Anonymous

       If you are in an area where you can get a signal, you’ll probably get even more channels.  Where I live (not Maine) I get 35 from an antenna, about 20 that I’ll actually watch.  Trouble is in a place like Maine, everything is now digital and it doesn’t travel as far as the old analog channels did.  But if I lived in rural Maine, I would hire someone to put in a big, powerful antenna.  Even if this cost $400 it would be paid for in less than 6 months of no cable bill.  Often the independent contractors that sell the satellite systems install regular antennas too.  

  • Anonymous

    Maybe those folks who pay to advertise on WABI should get money refunded to them for the time period that WABI was off of Direct TV?

    Seems to me that they got screwed even more than those folks like myself that had to miss their favorite shows, all because WABI’s directors had a hissyfit!

    “Nah nah nah nah…we are going to take our channel off the air until you pay us what we want!”

    Of couse now, the end result of all this BS will show up sooner or later on our Direct TV bill!

  • Guest

    Sounds like Direct TV and Wabi need to both grow up and quit bickering like childeren. All this does is publicly show everyone how unprofessional both companies are. Throughout this whole ordeal all I can think of is two kids fighting over the ball room in the PlayPlace @ McDonalds.

  • Anonymous

    Of course your emails weren’t answered. That is below those in charge of the Ego-Palace. They think their **** doesn’t stink and people cannot live without them. WRONG!! Channel 2 is fast catching up with 5 in the ratings and will soon pass them and be number 1. CBS has nothing and neither does 5. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Channel 7 pass them by in a few years.

  • Anonymous

    I did not realize how much I take for granted when thinking my favorite shows will always be there when I want to switch them on…………hats off to you folks for standing up to Direct TV………….so many people are dissatisfied with them…………You are appreciated and welcome back to the viewing world!

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