Local TV stations charge us a monthly fee per customer to carry their stations. These stations are allowed to blackout their channel if we don’t agree to pay them increasingly higher fees.
They do this to get you to consider switching to another provider. They are hoping that this will pressure us to give in to their demands for big fee increases, which raises your bill.
There have been a record number of stations who have temporarily pulled their programming from viewers. We work with more than 1,000 stations every year and are willing to pay a fair price. However, these station fees (paid by you as part of your monthly bill) are at an all-time high, so we are negotiating hard to ensure we keep your bill as low as possible.
22 FOX Regional Sports Networks left fuboTV when they couldn’t come to an agreement on rising costs.
Mission Broadcasting pulled the signal from 18 markets and DISH accused them of, “using its own viewers as leverage as it demands higher monthly rates…”
FOX blacked out many cable networks and 17 stations. FOX is demanding big rate increases and DISH offered an extension but was turned down. “FOX had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH said. “Instead, FOX chose to harm its viewers.”
Multiple FOX RSNs were pulled from DISH customers nationwide for over 2 months when DISH wouldn’t accept the, “unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations.”
AT&T and DIRECTV customers in 14 markets lost their CBS and The CW signals for 20 days. AT&T referred to CBS as a “repeat blackout offender” who regularly threatens to remove signals to get higher fees.
Meredith pulled 17 popular stations for over 2 months, even after DISH offered to keep the channels up while they reached a deal.
Nexstar blacked out 120 stations from AT&T and DIRECTV for 8 weeks because AT&T wouldn’t agree to their demands for, “… the largest increase that AT&T has ever seen from any content provider.”
1MM customers across the country lost their signals after Tegna blacked them out when Verizon wouldn’t agree to their demands for a “significant rate increase”.
Tegna once again blacked out 46 stations when DISH wouldn’t agree to rates that were double what customers were currently paying.