Posted by DramaDrama on July 13, 2012 at 17:27:53:
In Reply to: Re: Re: WISN 12 Time Warner Cable Fight posted by DramaDrama on July 13, 2012 at 17:25:30:
New update from WISN / Hearst:
Update as of July 13, 2012 - WISN 12 removed from Time Warner cable systems:
Time Warner Cable has terminated negotiations with our company, Hearst Television, for continued carriage of WISN 12. Hearst has successfully concluded over 150 carriage agreements in recent months with other cable companies with no disruption of service to subscribers. This contrasts with Time Warner’s disruptions of service and withdrawal of carriage of local television stations in other cases.
Time Warner Cable refuses to pay our station a reasonable fee relative to what it pays for other significantly less popular channels. Time Warner’s characterization of the percentage increase in carriage fees we are seeking is inaccurate. We have sought a reasonable increase consistent with the increased costs we have to pay for our highly valued programming and the carriage fees now paid to us by Time Warner’s competitors. The fees we are asking from Time Warner are based on the fees we are being paid by other cable companies under our recent deals, which is the real measure—not Time Warner’s exaggerated and distorted claims—of the fairness of our proposal. In fact, retransmission fees paid to stations are just 7 cents of every dollar of the total carriage fees paid to cable networks, which are less popular than local TV stations, according to recent independent research.
We regret the inconvenience Time Warner Cable has imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.
Contrary to Time Warner’s claim, we have not “blacked out” our station. You may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, or by satellite from DIRECTV or DISH, and, where available, from other cable operators.
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