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.
Media giant The Walt Disney Co. frequently creates disputes and blackouts to pressure TV providers to pay for their fee increase demands and force them to carry all their networks. These disputes are quickly resolved:
fuboTV & Disney
fuboTV dropped FX, FXX and Nat Geo during negotiations when Disney forced them to include pricey ESPN (and other Disney owned networks) in their negotiations. Eventually they were returned and fuboTV launched ESPN.
AT&T/DIRECTV & Disney
Disney messaged customers of AT&T/DIRECTV that they were going to lose their networks during negotiations. This included AT&T U-Verse, AT&T TV, DIRECTV and included all of Disney owned networks and TV stations. A deal was reached, and the networks were not blacked out.
DISH/Sling TV & Disney
Disney once again threatened their viewers that they were going to pull all their networks during negotiations over FX and Nat Geo nets. This time it was targeted at DISH and Sling TV customers. The deal was eventually completed before Disney pulled the networks.
Verizon and Disney
Disney messaged to Verizon customers to scare them into putting pressure on Verizon to, “…pay hundreds of millions of dollars more for its its programming, despite the fact that many of its key networks are experiencing declining viewership.” The tactic worked and they came to an agreement without going dark.