Tuesday, September 04, 2007

KHBS/KHOG May Soon Be Taken Off Cox Cable

Source: KHBS/KHOG-TV Press Release KHBS/KHOG-TV (Channel 40/29) and KHBS/KHOG-TV-DT (Channel 15/21) today announced that the analog signal of KHBS/KHOG-TV may no longer be carried on Cox cable television systems effective October 1, 2007, if the parties are unable to conclude retransmission consent negotiations currently underway. These negotiations have been continuing for more than a year, during much of which time KHBS/KHOG-TV digital channel has not been carried on the Cox system.

The Cable Act of 1992 prohibits cable operators from carrying broadcasters’ signals without their consent. The removal of KHBS/KHOG-TV analog signal from the Cox system will only result if negotiations between representatives of Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., KHBS/KHOG-TV’s parent company, and Cox are unsuccessful in reaching a conclusion before October 1, 2007. Hearst-Argyle is seeking fair and reasonable terms from Cox in return for allowing Cox to carry KHBS/KHOG-TV’s programming and charge its subscribers for that programming.

“We’re greatly disappointed that after more than a year Cox has yet to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution,” said Jim Prestwood, KHBS/KHOG-TV/DT president and general manager. “We have not received any compensation for this past year during which Cox has carried our analog signal. To continue to allow any distributor to take our product and use it to derive fees from subscribers and advertisers without any consideration to us doesn’t make much sense.

“We’ve made substantial investments to bring the most popular programming to our viewers,” Jim Prestwood added. “Cox has had the luxury of actively promoting to current and prospective subscribers the availability of our analog channel on their lineup and charging its subscribers for our signal. But they won’t come to terms with us on providing fair consideration for it. To allow any re-distributor of our station’s analog and digital signals to benefit economically from our efforts without providing us a reasonable contract for that right would be unacceptable for us.

“Given the modest compensation we are seeking, in comparison to the amount Cox currently charges its subscribers on a monthly basis, we believe that Cox should not need to raise its subscribers’ rates as a result of concluding a negotiation with us. We believe the compensation we are seeking is commensurate with what other cable companies have paid to owners of TV stations comparable to ours.

“We sincerely hope we and Cox can conclude our negotiations before October 1 so as not to deprive any of our respective viewers and customers of our programming,” Prestwood added. “We will continue to keep our valued viewers informed of developments, on our air and our website, www.4029tv.com.”

13 Comments:

At 7:18 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch KTUL anyway for ABC programs.
Cut the cord, I don't care.

 
At 8:33 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cox pays for use of KNWA on their system, so it is only fair that they pay KHBS/KHOG, too.

 
At 11:01 PM, September 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have KTUL and ESPN Gameplan. Yank em off there.

 
At 12:05 AM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So will this mean that 40/29 will ask Nielsen for an additional break-out book - NWA rabbit-ear TV watchers instead of just all of NWA?

 
At 10:12 AM, September 05, 2007, Blogger FHP-DXer said...

Last time I was in Eureka Springs (Oct 2006), Cox cable had Three ABC affiliates on their system (KHOG, KSPR Springfield MO, and KATV). They should replace KHOG with KNWA up there unless there are objections with KYTV (Springfield-NBC).

Cox should sub KTUL for the Fayetteville metro analog subs.

Good thing I'm not with a cable co.

 
At 2:41 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have KTUL and ESPN Gameplan. Yank em off there.

Actually, Hearst owns a stake in ESPN as well.

 
At 4:17 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then people couldn't watch the SEC crap game of the week. Miami at Oklahoma or Bama vs. Vandy. Think I will take Miami at Oklahoma on Fox 24 who has picked up coverage. Then after the crap game you get a tape-delayed blurry football game that would have been decent to watch, but instead is worthless. So long KHBS, I hope you aren't carried and then you can see that people really don't want the crap game when noone complains!

 
At 10:34 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What difference does it make that Hearst owns a stake in ESPN? Irrelevant fact.

 
At 10:41 PM, September 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact: I work for KNWA.40/29 tried to use the cable thing against us even though we never went off of Cox. I find it funny now that the employees may see that come back around on them thanks to management.

 
At 9:29 AM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What difference does it make that Hearst owns a stake in ESPN? Irrelevant fact.

They can say "pay us or we'll take ourselves AND ESPN off your cable system too."

 
At 11:12 PM, September 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah riiiiiiiight. I'll believe that when I see it.

 
At 4:44 AM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't ABC (Disney) the major owner of espn? i think as long as ABC has someway for us to see their programming (ktul) they don't care...

 
At 3:23 PM, September 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, plus Cox already pays for ESPN so no way it will get yanked. Hearst's stake is minor. They have no control.

 

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