Cox Media Group Removes Local Channels From DISH TV Customers
- Cox demands exorbitant rate increase for its channels, and is negotiating for channels it does not yet own
- Cox insists on payment from DISH customers who do not subscribe to locals in its markets
- As broadcaster viewership declines, Cox continues to underinvest in local programming
"Cox's refusal to negotiate in good faith and subsequently forcing a blackout of its stations for DISH customers is deplorable," said
Over the past two years, Cox's viewership has significantly declined on DISH TV, indicating that many viewers have moved to other channels for their entertainment and news. With its decreased viewership, Cox is attempting to recoup its losses by demanding increased rates of nearly 75 percent from DISH customers.
In the early 2000s, broadcasters like Cox began charging cable and satellite companies to deliver "free" local station signals to the public. This new revenue stream for broadcasters totaled a few million dollars in 2006 but has grown to more than
"We are deeply disappointed in Cox's decision to remove its channels from DISH after attempting to force an unjustifiable fee increase that directly impacts our customers," said Neylon. "We can't sit by and accept Cox's unreasonable demands. We will continue fighting on behalf of our customers to come to a fair deal that is beneficial for all."
Cox's action affects viewers of various
ABC: WSB) - Atlanta, GA
FOX: WFXT) - Boston, MA
ABC: WSOC) - Charlotte, NC
CBS: WHIO) - Dayton, OH
FOX: KLSR) - Eugene, OR
FOX: WFOX) - Jacksonville, FL
ABC: WFTV) - Orlando, FL
NBC: WPXI) - Pittsburgh, PA
CBS: KIRO) - Seattle, WA
DISH customers can visit DISHPromise.com for more information.
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