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KITV working to renew carriage on Time Warner Cable

From KITV:

Time Warner Cable, on behalf of itself and Bright House and Insight, for which it has negotiating authority, has terminated negotiations with our company, Hearst Television, for continued carriage of KITV.

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.

Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at www.antennaweb.org

Customer service numbers for other providers carrying Hearst Station signals include the following:

DIRECTV: 1-888-777-2454

DISH Network: 1-800-823-4929

Hawaiian Telcom: 643-3456 or 1-877-482-2211

— Find out more:
www.kitv.com

One Response to “KITV working to renew carriage on Time Warner Cable”

  1. waimeajim says:

    Does this mean that KITV will broadcast their local segments in HD? Or, will it still be in SD?
    I can see the increased cost if they are broadcasting their local segments in HD, but they are one of the few stations locally still broadcasting in SD.

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