The Communications Act requires that a television station give its consent to a cable system or other multichannel video programming distributor to carry its broadcast signal. This process, which typically occurs every three years, is called "Retransmission Consent."
Television stations and cable systems, as well as satellite carriers, negotiate for this "retransmission consent," usually on a fee per subscriber basis. If the parties do not reach an agreement, then the cable system or other MVPD must stop offering the stations to their subscribers.
Local broadcast stations are now demanding much higher fees for the right to retransmit their signals. In fact, some broadcasters have publicly stated that they project their retransmission revenues from video subscribers to more than double over current levels.
As a result, the cost increases for broadcast stations have been substantial and have impacted significantly the prices customers pay for video services in every region of the country, regardless of whether the customer receives video service from cable, telephone or satellite companies.
Loss of Stations
As a further consequence of Retransmission Consent, MetroCast may no longer be able to carry certain "out-of-market" broadcast stations. However, as these stations typically carry the same network programming already carried on local, "in-market" broadcast stations, MetroCast customers will continue to receive all major network programming. Updates will be posted to this site (see below) as negotiations continue with local broadcast stations.
Effective December 31, 2013, MetroCast no longer will carry WPIX (CW-NY) on Basic channel 13 for customers in Berwick, Pocono and Schuylkill. Local CW station WSWB (CW-Scranton), will continue to offer CW network programs on Basic channel 11 (and HD channel 711).
In addition, for customers in Pocono and Schuylkill, WPHL (MyNet, Basic channel 22) no longer will be carried, as WQMY (Pocono and Schuylkill) and WWOR (Pocono only) also offer My Net programming.
Effective December 31, 2013, MetroCast no longer will carry WJAR-10 (NBC-Providence) on Basic 10. WVIT-30 (NBC-New Britain) will continue to offer NBC network programs on Basic channel 4 (and HD channel 402).
While MetroCast previously announced that WGN would be discontinued after December 31, 2013, year-end negotiations between MetroCast and The Tribune Company resulted in an agreement that will permit the continued carriage of WGN in MetroCast locations in Mississippi where the network previously has been distributed.
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