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.
AT&T and AMC Networks
AMC Networks got into a contract dispute with DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse and AT&T TV. It lasted for a few weeks but was eventually settled.
YouTube TV and FOX Regional Sports Networks
YouTube TV removed all of the FOX regional sports networks and Tennis Channel from their lineup after they failed to cave in to the high monthly fees that Sinclair (the owner) was demanding.
Hulu + Live and FOX Regional Sports Networks
Hulu joined many other TV providers in removing the FOX regional sports networks from their lineup. High monthly fees and lower viewership were the main factors in Hulu’s decision.
Spectrum and Tribune Media
Tribune blacked out WGN America and many local stations in 24 markets from millions of Spectrum customers for 9 days when Spectrum refused to accept their demands for large fee increases.
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."
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.”