Protect TV Viewers from Broadcast Blackouts and Unfair Price Increases
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Protect TV Viewers from Broadcast Blackouts and Unfair Price Increases

    1. Tom Larsen
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      Tom Larsen

      Goshen, NY

Since 2005, tens of millions of consumers in over 100 U.S. television markets have been subjected to blackouts of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW and/or MyNetwork TV programming as the owners of these broadcast stations have sought to force cable and satellite customers to pay billions of dollars to continue watching their channels. By holding popular TV shows, sporting events and local news and weather information hostage, station owners are taking advantage of an outdated marketplace created by the government over 20 years ago to unfairly drive up prices. In doing so, the broadcasters are making cable and satellite service unaffordable for more and more Americans.  We urge the Obama Administration to initiate a process to update this outdated regime. 

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    News

    1. Raycom hits DirecTV customers with biggest blackout in US History

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      Raycom blacks out 53 stations from DirecTV customers in 37 markets at the start of NFL and college football season.

      http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/cbs-fox-affiliates-in-major-markets-go-dark-on-directv-amid-retrans-dispute-1201295846/#

      CBS, Fox Affiliates in Major Markets Go Dark on DirecTV Amid Retrans Dispute

      The carriage standoff between DirecTV and Raycom Media has blacked out Big Four network affils on the satcaster in major markets including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Charlotte, N.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla. The stations went down as of Sept. 1 after what Raycom described as three months of negotiations on a new agreement.

    2. Senators Rockefeller and Thune propose fix to blackouts

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member John Thune have been hearing from broadcasters and constituents alike—they want Congress to stand up for local TV. Local Choice does precisely that, by empowering TV viewers, by taking the pay-TV middleman out of the equation, and by ensuring local broadcasters get paid.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8F176psZsU

      Local Choice: connecting viewers with their local TV stations

      Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member John Thune have been hearing from broadcasters and constituents alike-they want Congress to stand up for local TV. Local Choice does precisely that, by empowering TV viewers, by taking the pay-TV middleman out of the equation, and by ensuring local broadcasters get paid.

    3. Local FOX and CBS threaten blackout in Salisbury, MD

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      WBOC and FOX21 in Salisbury, MD are threatening a July 31st blackout of DirecTV customers.

      http://www.wboc.com/story/26092213/directv-refuses-to-carry-wboc-and-fox-21-after-july-31

      DIRECTV Refuses to Carry WBOC and FOX21 After July 31

      WBOC and FOX21, the local CBS and FOX affiliates found on Channels 16 and 21, on Thursday announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DIRECTV is unwilling to carry the stations past the end of its current contract. As a result, both WBOC and FOX21 will no longer be seen on DIRECTV after midnight Thursday, July 31.

    4. Toleldo Blackout Finally Ends After 7 Months

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      Seven Months Later, Sinclair's WNWO Back on Buckeye Cable - TVSpy

      The seven month long retrans dispute between Block Communications owned Buckeye Cable and Sinclair owned Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO has been resolved. At times, the tensions in the dispute went public with Buckeye depicting Sinclair as the Grinch in an ad in Block owned newspaper, The Blade.

    5. Lilly/SJL Broadcasting is preparing to blackout customer in 4 states

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.tvpredictions.com/tv021014.htm
      Lilly/SJL Broadcasting is preparing to pull the plug on DirecTV customers in four states.

      The stations that could be lost are:

      Erie, Pennsylvania -- WICU-TV (NBC); WSEE-TV (CBS); and the CW station
      Toledo, Ohio -- WTVG-TV (ABC)
      Flint, Michigan -- WJRT-TV (ABC)
      Elmira, New York -- WENY-TV. The ABC affiliate in Elmira also broadcasts sub-channels for CBS and The CW.

    6. Morgan Murphy prepares to blackout WKBT from Charter customers

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      Share yhttp://chippewa.com/news/local/charter-wkbt-dispute-could-kick-cbs-station-off-the-cable/article_1d886f7d-5359-5ed9-b102-5ba3467e6771.htmlour latest development here.

    7. Sinclair blacks out WNWO from Buckeye customers in Ohio

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      Buckeye forced to drop WNWO, Ch. 24

      WNWO, Channel 24, the NBC affiliate in the Toledo area, on Sunday ordered Buckeye CableSystem to remove its signal from Buckeye's carriage at midnight after the existing retransmission consent contract between the two expired. Under federal law, Buckeye cannot transmit a broadcast signal without WNWO's permission.

    8. Bonten Media blacks out KTXS and other station from Dish customers

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      IMPORTANT: DISH subscribers lose KTXS, other Bonten programming

      ABILENE, Texas - DISH Network and Bonten Media Group are in good faith negotiations to ensure continued service of KTXS/KTXE/METV programming. Yesterday, at midnight, DISH Network opted to remove Bonten signals from their distribution network. We are a small company that is attempting to negotiate with a large, multi-billion dollar company (DISH).

    9. Citadel blacks out KLKN from DirecTV customers in Nebraska

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      KLKN-TV missing from DirecTV lineup

      KLKN-TV is gone from DirecTV as the satellite company and the TV station's parent company, Citadel Communications, continue to negotiate a new carriage agreement. KLKN, Lincoln's ABC affiliate, pulled its signal at midnight Thursday, saying on its website that "we deeply regret it when some of our viewers are inconvenienced or otherwise caught in the middle of a business negotiation."

    10. NBC station KTUU is threatening to leave rural Alaskans in the dark

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      GCI, KTUU dispute could lead to blackout of programming in rural Alaska

      KTUU Channel 2 will go dark in more than 20 rural communities one minute after midnight Wednesday if the station and its cable distributor, GCI, can't reach a new contract agreement. Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, two North Slope oil-field housing complexes and 13 smaller villages will lose access to Channel 2, Alaska's main NBC affiliate if the companies don't strike a deal, the broadcaster said Monday.

    11. United Communications blacks out Dish Customers in Minnesota

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      KEYC News 12 and its sister station Fox 12 Mankato were dropped this week from DISH Network.

      http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x1442583073/Local-TV-stations-dropped-from-DISH

      Local TV stations dropped from DISH

      MANKATO - KEYC News 12 and its sister station Fox 12 Mankato were dropped this week from DISH Network. Because of a contract dispute that KEYC General Manager Marvin Rhodes deems irreparable for the time being, about 3,400 DISH customers in the Mankato area will be without the channels.

    12. New Press & Gazette prepares to pull plug on DirecTV customers

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      NPG is threatening to pull ABC affiliate KESQ, Channel 3; CBS Local 2; KDFX, Fox 11; KCWQ, CW 5; and KUNA, Telemundo 15 from DirecTV customers in California.

      http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131008/LIFESTYLES0103/310080007/KESQ-sister-stations-impasse-DirecTV?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

      KESQ and sister stations could disappear from DirecTV

      THOUSAND PALMS - Fans of "Modern Family" and "The Simpsons" who are DirecTV subscribers may be unable to watch their favorite television shows come Wednesday because of an impasse between News-Press & Gazette Co. and the satellite-broadcast giant. Mike Stutz, general manager of local subsidiary Gulf-California Broadcast Co., said he is hopeful that an agreement can be reached before the 10 a.m.

    13. Media General blacks out 18 stations from Dish customers

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      The 18 stations blacked out on Dish are: WVTM (NBC) in Birmingham, Ala.; WKRG (CBS) in Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla.; WFLA (NBC) in Tampa, Fla.; WJBF (ABC) in Augusta, Ga.; WRBL (CBS) in Columbus, Ga.; WSAV (NBC) in Savannah, Ga.; WHLT (CBS) in Hattiesburg, Miss.; WJTV (CBS) in Jackson, Miss.; WNCT (CBS) in Greenville, N.C.; WNCN (NBC) in Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; WYCW (CW) in Asheville, N.C.; WCMH (NBC) in Columbus, Ohio; WJAR (NBC) in Providence, R.I.; WCBD (NBC) in Charleston, S.C.; WBTW (CBS) in Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.; WSPA (CBS) in Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.; WJHL (CBS) in Johnson City, Tenn.; and WSLS (NBC) in Roanoke/Lynchburg, Va.

      http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/dish-customers-lose-18-tv-stations-in-fee-dispute-1200685153/

    14. Media General threatening to blackout Dish customers in 17 markets

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      End of month blackout looming for stations in 17 markets including WSLS in Roanoke, VA.

      http://www.roanoke.com/news/business/2233597-12/dish-network-fires-back-in-dispute-with-media.html

      Dish Network fires back in dispute with Media General

      Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Dish Network says that Media General balked at extending a current retransmission agreement, which makes it more likely that WSLS-TV (Channel 10) and stations in other markets will be dropped from the satellite company's service in two weeks.

    15. KTIV seeking triple digit increase from Cable One customer in Iowa

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer

      Sharhttp://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/sioux-city-cable-operator-nbc-affiliate-at-odds-over-fees/article_a8fc23d5-7e62-55e0-bb03-e1a2b03c0772.htmle your latest development here.

    16. WTMJ to black out Packers' game from Dish customers on Friday

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      Hope dims for Green Bay Packers game on Time Warner Cable Friday

      Green Bay Packers fans still hoping to watch Friday's night's preseason game on Time Warner Cable in eastern Wisconsin likely will need to make other television plans. I just spoke with Steve Wexler, the outspoken executive vice president of WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) owner Journal Broadcast Group, who told me representatives of his company and the cable company are not negotiating at the moment.

    17. Raycom pulls stations off Dish Network in 36 markets

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      Dish Network, Raycom squabble blacks out local channels in 36 markets

      ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) customers in 36 markets were blocked by Raycom Media today from accessing various local television channels. The two companies had been negotiating a new retransmission agreement, and the previous agreement expired at midnight.

    18. Raycom owned WTVM threatens to blackout Dish customers in Georgia

      Tom Larsen
      Petition Organizer
      DISH Network customers could lose WTVM on July 31 at midnight

      A message for DISH Network subscribers: At WTVM News Leader 9, nothing is more important to us than providing Columbus, Auburn , and Opelika with the very best in local news and weather, along with your favorite ABC programming.

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    • peter gallagher ATTICA, OH
      • 1 day ago

      taxes and fees already double cable bill, thats enough already

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    • fatima ahmad LEESBURG, GA
      • 4 days ago

      regional sports network surcharge which we never watch

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    • KENNETH REINHART MORRISON, IL
      • 4 days ago

      WE DONT WANT TO PAY FEES FOR SPORTS WHEN WE ALLREADY HAVE TO PAY FOR A CABLE BILL

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    • SANDRA CASE SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL
      • 5 days ago

      Cost and taxes are too high and we don't watch regional sports.

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    • Candy Herod FITZGERALD, GA
      • 5 days ago

      I can't afford the ever rising bills

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