Local cable customers could lose CBS programming and shows on the Decades Network if BendBroadband and TDS® do not reach an agreement with Nexstar Media Group by Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Nexstar is demanding up to a 130% rate increase for the same content available today on your TV. We certainly understand that prices increase over time and modest adjustments need to be made in new contracts. However, a rate hike of this level is far outside what would be considered a normal price increase.
In addition to the large rate hike, Nexstar is asking for additional contract terms we do not agree with and could leave the door open for future unexpected changes that could negatively impact both your lineup and your bill.
Nexstar is also misleading customers with its on-air and website messaging. Nexstar has stated:
TDS is threatening to take away your local stations. TDS may drop your local CBS, FOX, ABC, CW and MyNet stations on December 31.
BendBroadband/TDS is not threatening to take down stations. We are negotiating for a fair deal. If we cannot reach a deal, Nexstar could require BendBroadband to take stations down. The truth is if that happens, there is no market in which BendBroadband/TDS customers are at risk of losing access to all five networks, or even three networks. Nexstar’s messaging is not honest. We hope this clarification helps our customers.
We take our responsibility to our customers very seriously. While we will continue to pursue a resolution that is equitable for all parties, we’ve also heard that you’re concerned about the rising cost of video entertainment. Our goal is to help you by actively resisting this type of unnecessary and unwarranted content price increase. This is not just a BendBroadband issue but an industry issue that has or could impact all customers at one time or another.
BendBroadband and TDS’ contract with Nexstar will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018. This will impact CBS-KOIN (Channel 6/SD and Channel 106/HD) and the Decades Network on Channel 238. Please know, we have proposed a competitive rate with Nexstar that they have rejected. We will continue to try to reach an agreement that will allow us to include these stations in our lineup.
We want to hear from you! To share your thoughts about channel negotiations and potential loss of programming, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also provide us feedback on the contract negotiations at our Keep Rates Reasonable survey.
You can also take action by calling Nexstar and let them know you would like to see them offer a reasonable rate by calling 503-464-0600.