Doesn't holding affiliation cost money though? Not much point paying for access to something if you aren't going to use it. (unless it's a regulatory thing?)
Hold your horses... WIN still holds dual Nine/Ten affiliation until Digital TV is switched off. Its just they choose not to utilise it (similar to Southern Cross in Tasmania right now)
If Ten still had AFL, you could bet that it would be still showing on WIN, live.
That would mean that WIN believe it is more beneficial to refrain from airing Ten content (and specifically use resources to arrange breakaway airings than follow the already arranged WIN broadcast from other markets) despite still holding the affiliation than continuing what they were doing with to that point (although this doesn't suprise me). But why did they specifically decide to stop running Letterman on the late Wednesday night (last day of February)? Granted, WIN did occasionally didn't air the late Friday night episode due to, what I believe were, scheduling constraints but they only had Spyforce and a 20/20 'repeat' late on that night so there would have been ample room there for Letterman if they so desired.
Why did they specifically (I assume) wait till the end of the month to stop airing Letterman rather than stop when other Ten content ceased airing on WIN WA (which was at least a few weeks earlier, the last few weeks it was just Letterman with everything else being from Nine).
Edited by Aurora, 19 April 2012 - 11:11 PM.