Our Job is to Represent You
We protect our customers by working with a national cooperative of TV providers, negotiating fees and programming on your behalf. We want you to have access to all your favorite programs at a price that’s fair. We know that anything less is unacceptable – it’s why we go to bat for you.
Channels you want: As local cable operators, we work every day on behalf of our customers to make sure you have access to the channels you want, when you want them.
Fair price: When networks demand higher fees, local cable operators are forced to pass along some of these costs to customers. We fight for lower rates for you.
Blackouts: When disputes occur, programmers will often take high-visibility TV programs off the air to negotiate deals in their favor. For the local cable operator and our customers, the impact can be significant. Our goal is to come to an agreement before this happens.
We are a local business. We are our own customers, too. This means we invest in our networks here, and are committed to serving you – our friends, families and neighbors.
You should know that networks don’t hesitate to pull the plug on viewers. By doing this, they’re using you as a bargaining chip to get higher fees, which only increases your TV bill.
FOX Stations & Cable Networks - DISH Network
FOX blacked out many cable networks and 17 stations for 10 days when DISH didn’t cave in to double-digit rate increases and other demands. DISH offered an extension but was turned down. “FOX had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH said. “Instead, FOX chose to harm its viewers.”
Sinclair Broadcast Group - AT&T/DIRECTV
Sinclair threatened millions of customers with blacking out 136 television stations to get AT&T to give in to their demands.
FOX Regional Sports Networks - DISH Network
Over 20 FOX RSNs were pulled from DISH customers for over 2 months when DISH wouldn't accept the, “unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations.”
CBS - DIRECTV
AT&T and DIRECTV customers in 14 markets lost their CBS and The CW signals for 20 days. AT&T referred to CBS as a “repeat blackout offender” who regularly threatens to remove signals to get higher fees.
FOX Networks Group - Optimum
Optimum convinced FOX to keep their networks on while they continued negotiating but FOX pulled them for a short time to pressure them into an agreement.
Nexstar Media Group - AT&T/DIRECTV
Nexstar blacked out 120 stations from AT&T and DIRECTV for 8 weeks because AT&T wouldn't agree to their demands for, "... the largest increase that AT&T has ever seen from any content provider."