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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spectrum Cable Pulls Fox 8 From Channel Lineup Over Contract Squabble

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 9:46 AM

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About six million Spectrum Cable subscribers are without Fox 8 as of yesterday evening after the channel's owner, Tribune Broadcasting, and the cable company failed to reach an agreement on fees as the previous contract expired.

Whose fault is it? Everyone's, it sounds like, depending on which side of the bargaining table you're on.

Instead of the usual broadcast, Spectrum used the channel to let viewers know, “the owner of this Fox channel has removed their programming to create hardship for our customers, while we are negotiating in good faith to reach a fair agreement," according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Meanwhile, a special link on Fox 8's website leads to this message:

We sincerely regret that Spectrum has forced Fox 8 off your cable package, and we share your frustration. Our parent company Tribune Media worked diligently to prevent this interruption, and their work continues to ensure the return of Fox 8 as soon as possible . . . but this also requires Spectrum to work just as hard.

“We’re extremely disappointed that we do not have an agreement on the renewal of our contract with Spectrum,” said Gary Weitman, Tribune Media’s senior vice president for corporate relations. “We’ve offered Spectrum fair market rates for our top-rated local news, live sports and high-quality entertainment programming, and similarly fair rates for our cable network, WGN America. Spectrum has refused our offer and failed to negotiate in a meaningful fashion.”

You pay Spectrum to see Fox 8, and you should not have to endure this interruption. 
While the absence of Kickin' it with Kenny is enough to make anyone beg for the adults in the room to resolve the situation pronto, there's also the little matter of the NFL playoffs this weekend, which might also be a concern for one or maybe two people if this stalemate continues.

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