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Weekend in Review: No pensions in Palatine; why TV channels are blocked

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  • Channel blackouts such as the one that resulted from the recent spat between Viacom and DirecTV have become far more common over the past three years. Media companies such as Viacom and Disney have become steadily more profitable. But the cable and satellite providers that pay to carry their channels have seen profitability virtually stagnate as they fight each other for subscribers. The squeeze has prompted distributors such as Dish and DirecTV to revolt against higher programming costs, and left consumers in the lurch when it comes to programming.

      Channel blackouts such as the one that resulted from the recent spat between Viacom and DirecTV have become far more common over the past three years. Media companies such as Viacom and Disney have become steadily more profitable. But the cable and satellite providers that pay to carry their channels have seen profitability virtually stagnate as they fight each other for subscribers. The squeeze has prompted distributors such as Dish and DirecTV to revolt against higher programming costs, and left consumers in the lurch when it comes to programming.
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Nick Salvi delights in spreading happiness

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Suburban teen heroin use focus of Naperville forum

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Antioch man drowns less than a block from home

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New restaurants attracting new crowd to downtown Wauconda

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DuPage election panel scrutinizes PR contract

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Residents hope to thwart Mount Prospect Walgreens plan

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West Dundee losing patience with church

West Dundee authorities have waited months for leaders at First United Methodist Church to respond to their latest proposal, which outlines a plan to save a historically significant but crumbling parsonage on the church's property. But because they've mostly gotten silence in return, patience at village hall finally has run out. Full story.

Ex-boyfriend questioned about dog found dead in oven

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