Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fort Smith Station and Cox Cable Fighting to the End

Ah yea, here we are again with a tv station battling a cable company over retrans fees.  KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith is in a fierce fight with Cox Cable.  The deadline is midnight tonight (April 30). Below is an excerpt of a notice the channel has on its website:


Cox will tell you we are asking for outrageous increases, but that’s simply not true.  In fact, just pennies of your monthly bill goes to pay for KFSM on Cox Cable.
 
Cox says they are “fighting for you”.  Fighting so hard that they seem to think you should pay $60 to $150 per month for dozens of channels you’ve never heard of and will likely never watch.
 
Cox also suggests that you can watch us free, over the air.


We agree! 


If you have difficulty, our friends at http://www.antennasdirect.com have several cost-effective options to help.  Providers like DirecTV and Dish Network, who recognize the value of local news, weather and information on KFSM, also have great opportunities for new customers.
Ask yourself how many times you’ve watched AMC, Spike TV, CNBC, VH1, MTV, Animal Planet, E!, SyFy, C-Span Country Music Television, Bravo, or BET in the last month.  Then tell Cox that you just don’t want to pay for the channels you don’t watch anymore!
Cox tries to scare you by using percentages to describe our disagreement.  Have they told you that they pay TWO THOUSAND PERCENT more for ESPN than they do for KFSM?
Cox and other cable  providers collectively pay billions for stations like ESPN, TNT, TBS, USA and Fox Sports, which is why you can’t watch many college and pro sporting events anymore unless you have cable or satellite.  We just can’t compete with these big behemoths.


We’ll continue to do our best to be your source for the best local news, weather and entertainment – and yes, we’ll provide it free, over the air.

But if Cox is going to force you to take dozens of channels you DON’T watch, the least they can do is make sure that you continue to receive the ones you watch most.

18 Comments:

At 10:15 PM, April 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they suck. who cares

 
At 10:24 PM, April 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care who is right or wrong or being wronged. It's those two losers' responsibility to air the programming they've committed to air. Just do it, losers. Do your jobs.

 
At 11:00 PM, April 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who sucks? KFSM is the most dominate station in the state. Yes Little Rock stations that includes you too. Look at the ratings. Their share of the market is higher than anyone.

 
At 1:34 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never fear. The television will continue as it was. It's just a promotion thing to draw attention to the industry.

 
At 3:58 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would prefer that both Cox and KFSM finish their urination contest and fix the signal for the news. I get tired of seeing pixellation and hang ups during the news. If KFSM could make it through a newscast without a whoopsie, that would be a plus.

 
At 5:17 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, KFSM does NOT dominate LR markets. In fact, their ratings have dipped dramatically in the last year or so. They lost to 40/29's morning show and 5 o'clock news. The CW9 killed their 9 show with fox coming in second place. The were last at 9. So no, stop tooting your own horn KFSM. You're slowly on your way down. While I live in LR, I know exaclty what's happening in all markets.

 
At 6:02 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe KFSM will be better now that Ashley Beck doesn't have that DUI hanging over head.
KFSM fired the last anchor that got a DUI but apparently Ashley can do things that he couldn't do.

 
At 6:11 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it Ashley is on probation for making a coworker eat dog biscuits. She eats them to lose weight. She's a little cooky

 
At 10:11 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's funny is that KFSM talks about "Fair Market Value". Yet they have the most bush league product in America.

 
At 9:24 AM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they still beat 40/29 at 5 6 & 10...lmao

 
At 9:14 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why even have news, weather and sports. Oh, I forgot. It's to sell ads. Nothing more.

 
At 9:14 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why even have news, weather and sports. Oh, I forgot. It's to sell ads. Nothing more.

 
At 10:35 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be no loss in services. They will come to an agreement at the last minute and this "soap opera" event will be over and back to normal.

 
At 9:03 PM, May 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, look for your rates to go up within the next few months.

 
At 7:46 AM, May 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another scare tactic...lmao...rates go up all the time. You would know this if you checked you bill every month.

 
At 9:15 PM, May 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a "bill." Did you ever hear of "Free to Air Satellite?"

No, then I suggest you use Google.

 
At 5:19 AM, May 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you. Now STFU. Nobody cares what you have.

I'll bet you waited a long time to spout off what you have and if you think that people don't know about "Free Air to Satellite" then you are more naive than I thought.

 
At 12:22 AM, December 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Anonymous, you're an idiot. Yeah, you.

 

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