CAMPAIGN – While representatives of AT & T and Nexstar Broadcasting still do not agree on the price the cable operator should pay the owner of the broadcaster for retransmitting his signal, DirecTV and U-verse subscribers in Central Illinois locally produced and CBS subscribers network programming.
From Wednesday midnight DirecTV / AT & T has taken over the programming of WCIA and WCIX.
"Over the past two days, we've probably received about 100 phone calls," said Gary, vice president and general manager of WCIA Hackler said on Saturday.
"You want clarity and I can only say that we are negotiating. Ultimately, we will come to a solution, but I'm not sure when, "he said.
Hackler said Nexstar had requested an extension of negotiations with AT & T for a month, "but that did not happen. "[1
In online press releases, each page criticizes the other.
"We had hoped to prevent Nexstar from GoCom Media of Illinois from pulling WCIA-CBS and WCIX-MNT from our Champaign, Springfield and Decatur customers, and we offered Nexstar more money to buy WCIA But Nexstar simply said no and decided to remove them instead, Nexstar has decided to take our customers in Champaign, Springfield and Decatur hostage and place them at the center of its negotiations AT & T / DirecTV has not promoted its Fox affiliates WRSP and WCCU since the end of May AT & T / DirecTV has not been able to negotiate transfer fees with GoCom Media.
"This is the same old Nexstar playbook, "said AT & T." They're taking their signals from customers of many distributors or threatening to raise the fees for free-to-air TV broadcasters, which far outnumber theirs It's done with Cox Cable, DISH and Charter Spectrum and now with us. GoCom Media has recently removed WCCU-FOX, WRSP-FOX and WBUI-CW from the same customer groups in Champaign, Springfield and Decatur for another significant rate hike. "
" CBS and FOX and CW broadcast network content broadcast by WCIA-CBS, WCCU-FOX and WRSP-FOX have lost about half of their prime-time audience over the last five years. Despite this decline in viewer numbers, Nexstar is now demanding the largest ever AT & T proposed by a content provider. In addition, Nexstar is demanding significantly higher payments for broadcasters and a non-owned lower-end cable TV network as well as transport commitments and even more fees for channels that do not even exist, "the statement said.
Nexstar of Irving, Texas, owner of 174 broadcasters across the country, said it had offered AT & T the same rate as other cable providers broadcasting Nexstar transmitter signals.
"AT & T / DIRECTV is routinely involved in Content Provider disputes, and following the acquisition of AT & T in 2015, DIRECTV has discontinued or threatened the Viacom, SJL Broadcasting / Lilly Broadcasting and others' offering for networks and local communities to fade it out.
"Between May 30, 2019 and Alone, June 10, 2019, viewers from at least 20 other non-Nexstar broadcasters (owned by Deerfield Media, GoCom Media of Illinois, Howard Stirk Holdings, Mercury Broadcast Group, MPS Media , Nashville License Holdings, Roberts Media, S The second generation of Iowa and Waitt Broadcasting) lost access to network and local content. "
Nexstar referred to viewers in Bakersfield, California, who could not be timely informed of the impact of Southern California earthquakes on Thursday and Friday more in Honolulu preparing for the fall of Hurricane Barbara in the Pacific Ocean.
In addition to local news, weather and sports, viewers have missed the specials for the fourth of July and will need Sunday night CBS programs such as "60 Minutes," Instinct "and" The Good Fight ".
Nexstar is calling on AT & T / DirecTV subscribers to contact AT & T Customer Support at 855-937-9466.
Callers must first listen to an 83-second list of recorded bank statements, more than a dozen CBS partners across the country who are currently unavailable, and an appeal to viewers to return their AT & T / DirecTV local CBS transmitter.