Sunday, October 08, 2006

Hearst-Argyle, Cox Continue Negotiations for Signal Carriage of KHBS/KHOG

Source: KHBS/KHOG -TV Press Release KHBS/KHOG -TV Channel 40/29 and KHBS-KHOG TV-DT Channels 15/21, which are among Ft. Smith/Fayetteville/Rogers’ leading analog and digital television stations, respectively, announced on Monday that the digital high definition signal of KHBS/KHOG DT is no longer being carried on Cox cable television systems.

The removal of the station’s digital signals from the Cox system is the result of unsuccessful negotiations between representatives of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., KHBS/KHOG’s parent company, and Cox. Hearst-Argyle is seeking fair and reasonable terms from Cox in return for allowing Cox to carry KHBS/KHOG-DT’s programming and charge its subscribers for access to that programming.

So as not to inconvenience a large number of its viewers, Hearst-Argyle will allow Cox to continue to retransmit KHBS/KHOG-TV’s primary analog signal while the companies continue to work in good faith toward a resolution of retransmission consent terms. However, Cox has not agreed to terms with Hearst-Argyle for the carriage of KHBS/KHOG-DT’s valuable high-definition digital programming. Viewers may call Cox corporate headquarters at (404) 843-5000.

“We’re greatly disappointed that Cox could not arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution,” said Jim Prestwood, KHBS/KHOG-TV/DT president and general manager. “Our station is a leader in our market and we’ve made substantial investments to bring our viewers high definition digital programming. Cox has been actively promoting to current and prospective subscribers the addition of our digital channel to its lineup, for an additional monthly fee, and we’re certainly supportive of that. But they won’t come to terms with us on providing fair consideration for that right. To allow any re-distributor of our station’s digital signal to benefit economically from our efforts without providing us a reasonable contract for that right would be unacceptable for us.”

“We sincerely hope we and Cox can return to negotiations quickly so as not to deprive Cox cable customers of high definition programming,” Prestwood added. “However, our viewers can still receive our high-definition signal using an appropriate tuner or antenna.”


At 7:20 PM, October 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cox is going to be adding KTUL-HD to their line-up in place of KHOG-HD. They are in the process of signing the agreement with KTUL.

At 8:20 PM, October 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:04 PM, October 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Undoubtedly, KTUL has a higher quality newscast anyway.

At 10:13 AM, October 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that Tulsa news goes over real well in Arkansas.

I can hear it now, "Wow honey, another shooting in Tulsa but look at that quality!"

At 3:45 PM, October 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But can KTUL predict a WINTER STOOOOORRRRMMMMMM better than 40/29?

At 12:50 PM, October 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:51 PM, October 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that Tulsa news goes over real well in Arkansas.You can still watch farty-twentynyne WINTER STOOOOORRRRMMMMMM warnings on the analog channel.

Good move cox cable! :)

At 11:58 AM, October 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea! abcHD is back on cox from ktul-dt in tulsa.

good riddance 40-29

At 4:56 PM, October 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That means that they will lose huge rating points in all the HD programming.

At 10:33 PM, October 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

serves 'em right.

hearst*argyle got greedy and lost viewers because of it.

At 7:53 AM, October 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now 40/29 is running promos asking people to call Cox and ask why they are still paying for 40/29 even though it's not available.

By the way, what is up with 40/29's audio? Their promos are not mixed well. Often all you can hear is the music and only a muffled voice!!! I even noticed it last night during a network promo. Switching back and forth between KTUL and 40/29 it was obvious the problem was with 40/29's audio signal.

At 10:38 AM, October 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:53AM said: "By the way, what is up with 40/29's audio? Their promos are not mixed well."

40/29's audio sucks just like their local video sucks.

got this from cox today:

Dear Cox Customer:

Hearst Argyle, the parent company of KHBS/KHOG-ABC, has been misleading television consumers in the northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith areas with inaccurate information about high definition programming. Please let us set the record straight—Cox Communications does not charge our customers for high definition (HD) programming. You can enjoy several local HD broadcast channels at no charge including KTUL-ABC HD, KNWA-NBC HD, KFSM-CBS HD and PBS HD.

The only cost associated with receiving an HD signal is the lease price of our HD receivers that some customers need to transmit the signals into their homes. HDTV owners without built-in tuners and those interested in receiving HD cable networks like ESPNHD need to lease a receiver or CableCARD to transmit the signals into their homes. A Cox HD receiver also provides customers access to the interactive programming guide, On DEMAND and pay-per-view functionality. In Arkansas, Cox charges $9.95 per month for the HD receiver or $1.99 per month for a CableCARD. The fact that Cox provides HD receivers and CableCARDs actually extends the reach of KHBS/KHOG’s signal to more viewers, ultimately allowing the station to generate more advertising revenue, and improve their station’s HD signal quality. We’re disappointed that Hearst-Argyle continues to mislead Arkansas consumers about Cox HD programming in an effort to gain support for the outrageous price they are asking Cox and our customers to pay.

Hearst Argyle wants millions of dollars for its HD signal, even though the signal is available for free to other television viewers in northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith. Cox is willing to negotiate an agreement that provides fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer. We hope to come to a resolution with Hearst Argyle quickly, so they will restore the HD signal to our customers.

Although we regret that agreeable terms in the best interest of Cox customers have not yet come about with KHBS/KHOG, we are pleased to now provide another HD option for viewers to receive ABC programming. KTUL-ABC of Tulsa, Oklahoma has joined our HD lineup on Channel 720, making it possible for you to still see your favorite ABC network programs in high definition. Just like other local HD channels, we are able to offer this programming at no additional cost to our subscribers.

We truly value you as our customer. If you have any questions, please call (479)751-2000 in northwest Arkansas, (479)524-6400 in Siloam Springs or (479)782-8941 in the Fort Smith area.


Your Friends at Cox Communications


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