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.
Sinclair pulled the signals to 23 CBS stations for over two months when Hulu wouldn’t agree to a large rate increase.
Hulu dropped YES and all of the FOX RSNs after the end of the MLB season due to very high fees.
Due to the, “rising cost of sports content”, YouTube stopped carrying YES and all of the FOX RSNs.
Citing, “economically unsustainable” costs, Frontier dropped YES and all of the FOX RSNs.
TEGNA withheld the signals to 16 stations from Mediacom’s customers for over 3 months when they couldn’t come to an agreement over a rate increase.
fuboTV had to drop Disney-owned FOX networks for 7 months due to Disney’s high fees.
Hearst blacked out the signals to 34 stations for two days, which they had also done to DIRECTV’s customers for a week in 2017.
22 FOX Regional Sports Networks left fuboTV when they couldn’t come to an agreement on rising costs.
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.”