American Cable Association calls on Nexstar to end blackout

The following is a press release from the American Cable Association website.

PITTSBURGH, July 2, 2018 —  American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement calling on corporate TV broadcaster Nexstar Media Group to end immediately its disgraceful retransmission consent blackout of Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) for CBS affiliate WBTW and the local MyNetworkTV station in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area:

American Cable Association Logo“Just ahead of the Fourth of July national holiday, Nexstar Media Group pulled the local CBS station and the MyNetworkTV station from Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC), a smaller cable provider serving the greater Myrtle Beach community,” Polka said. “Nexstar refused to allow HTC to carry the signals in question after HTC declined Nexstar’s ridiculous 163% monthly rate hike.

“All cable subscribers shoulder the cost of broadcasters’ greedy retransmission consent demands because TV station owners insist that all subscribers take the package that includes local stations. HTC’s actions were designed to protect its community members from receiving a  Nexstar-induced rate shock offered on obnoxious, take-it-or-leave terms.

“Instead of being a straight-forward business negotiation, retransmission consent is used by corporate broadcasters to abuse their market power to extract outrageous fees from cable customers. TV station owners typically extract the highest per-subscriber fees from a small cable operator like HTC.

“And there is no relief in sight: According to SNL Kagan, retransmission consent fees will rise from $8.6 billion last year to $11.6 billion within four years. Probably the most galling feature of the retransmission consent rip off is that TV stations tell consumers to blame the cable company. ACA remains hopeful that Congress, the FCC or both will recognize that retransmission consent laws and regulations need urgent reform.”

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30 thoughts on “American Cable Association calls on Nexstar to end blackout

    1. But people are still paying for it and want the channels they are paying for, whether they “need “ it or not !

  1. Nexstar Media gets advertising revenue from the programming they want to charge for. If they want to charge a retransmission fee, they should remove the advertising.

  2. I fully support HTC with their efforts. The retransmission companies need to realize that without the companies who deliver the product to the ultimate consumer, the will end up with lost revenue.

  3. $$$$ HOGS!! THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE LITTLE PEOPLE. I HOPE KARMA COMES TO THEM. I THINK THEY SHOULD PAY A FINED.

  4. It’s a shame that these large corporations are trying t strong arm the little guy! Hope it doesn’t come back to bite WBTW through their local advertisers. I appreciate HTC looking out for their customers, is it an inconvenience, yes, but we will survive!

  5. It appears that all programs can be seen on another channel (channel 819 in my case). If this is so, tell Nestar to shove it.

  6. Just about to cut ✂ the cord! So fed up w/rate hikes from whoever, I don’t care. Cable is Outrageous. I already have a ROKU ELITE and I get hundreds of news channels to choose from. Just pull up your state. There are 7 South Carolina channels w/3 local to me. FOR FREE, NO CABLE REQUIRED. In addition I can get local channels from every state. Just watched a Hawaiian local channel! Get with it or your going the way of Blockbuster, CD’s, DVD’s etc.. Going, going, GONE. Why, because we don’t need you anymore!!!

  7. I was getting a haircut this morning and listening to some women talk about how angry they were they had lost their favorite stations last night. Originally, they were angry at HTC. BUT, when I told them about how the “conglomerate” was trying to force a 163% increase in their rates to HTC, their anger turned. At that point they realized that if HTC were to cave, those rates would be passed on to us, the consumers of HTC programming.

    Hang in HTC and don’t let these “Big guys” make you accept what we, your customers, have to eventually pay for.

  8. I fully stand behind HTC! I miss Jeopardy, but I am in full support of what HTC is doing. Don’t give up!

  9. Cable will be gone with the years especially for young people. They use their cellphone most the time without paying a big bill every month…Time to wake up people The cable companies charges a lot money.We dont need cable.

  10. We have two other local stations, which I watch for local news. I’m happy to watch the “other” CBS affiliate for other programming. I fully support HTC for their stance in this negotiation. Thank you HTC!

  11. The local news station in question broadcasts over the air, so it can be obtained for free with the correct antenna. The point: Nextstar is forcing HTC pay to rebroadcast a signal that is free to the public. Hang tight HTC!

  12. Nexstar is involved in total financial rape of HTC Cable in Horry County, SC.
    They should be ashamed of themselves for being such a greedy media parent.

  13. Stick to your position HTC. If you give in, it will only give other media providers the message that you and your subscribers are willing to pay. We are not. A lot of people have already ‘cut the cord’ and this will only encourage more to do so and subsequently kill the entire cable business.

  14. We support HTC all the way. The retransmission fee is ridiculous and the Federal Government should get involved to protect the consumers. We have not lost one thing. We can still get WMBF news which does a great job providing local news and the CBS national broadcast are still available on channel 19 or 819. I say let WBTW go. It’s their loss.

  15. I support HTC’s decision to decline Nexstar’s 163% increase. Corporate greed. More like extortion, not negotiation. The blackout can continue. I will miss watching Ellen Degeneres, though.

  16. HOLD OUT : HTC, YOU ARE RIGHT, WE ALL MISS CHANNEL 13, MY FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS,FAMILY, EVERYONE I KNOW, WE MISS THE NEWS, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY, FUNNY SHOWS, ACTION SHOWS, MOVIES, A LOT OF SHOWS AND PROGRAMS !!! Nexstar, MUST BE A GREEDY,MONEY HUNGRY COMPANY, WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE POOR PEOPLE !!! I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE TO PAY FOR CABLE, THE ADVERTISERS ALREADY DO !!!SO MANY COMMERCIALS, ADVERTISERS, AND WE HAVE TO PAY FOR CABLE !? WHAT DO THEY DO WITH ALL THE MONEY WE PAY !? SEEMS LIKE THEY WOULD GET ENOUGH MONEY FROM THE ADVERTISERS, AND COMMERCIALS. IT WOULD BE NICE IF THEY WOULD BE NICE, POLITE,FAIR, AND HONEST !!!

  17. I feel that Nextstar is granted the privilege to conduct business via licensing of their local stations for the benefit of the community not for conglomerate profit. That licensing being privileged is not by Right, and therefor because HTC is member owned exclusively by it’s subscribers without profit, nextstar should be either forced to renew it’s current availability or lose it’s privilege to conduct business in the area, including having it’s FCC licensing revoked in the State of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, considering the public benefit is being lost for private profitable gain, it is within the Right of the people within the viewing area to demand the licensing entity to revoke their broadcasting licensing, since there is no public benefit to be gained by corporate greed.

  18. As a consumer of HTC we should not have to pay ridiculous prices to watch a TV station when most of it is commercials anyway. I applaud the staff of HTC for holding out for a better contract. Thank you.

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