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Extreme contract demands could leave viewers in the dark

Though TDS has never gone dark with any major network, Nexstar Broadcasting Inc., (Nexstar), may refuse to allow BendBroadband/TDS to retransmit some local stations. Despite TDS’ best efforts at keeping these stations on, BendBroadband customers in the Madras, Crooked River Ranch and Prineville areas may find that KOIN (CBS, Decades and getTV) could no longer be retransmitted on the BendBroadband lineup starting at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, when the current contract expires.

At the core of the issue is retransmission consent contracts, which are often renegotiated at this time of year. These contracts affect many markets and stations across the country, and price increases are fairly standard. However, in this case, Nexstar is demanding increases far outside the norm–up to 175% for continued carriage of one of their stations. BendBroadband/TDS feels it is important to protect our customers from unreasonable rate hikes like these. The goal is to continue negotiations until a fair agreement can be reached.

Nexstar’s on-air and website communications to customers have been misleading, stating that “TDS is threatening to take away your local stations.” In fact, TDS is not threatening to take down stations, but prefers to continue to keep them on while both parties continue to negotiate. If TDS and Nexstar cannot reach an agreement, it is Nexstar that could force BendBroadband/TDS to take the stations down until a new contract is reached.

If BendBroadband/TDS is forced to remove KOIN (CBS, Decades, and getTV), Nexstar is demonstrating that they value their corporate profits more than their viewers. However, BendBroadband/TDS will continue to work diligently to negotiate for reasonable rates and terms to bring these stations back to the BendBroadband lineup.

We want to hear from you! To share your thoughts about channel negotiations, you can provide 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 at (503) 464-0600.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to negotiate on your behalf.

To learn more about the contract negotiations, please go to: https://bendbroadband.com/tvupdates

 

Crestview Cable officially becomes BendBroadband

Crestview Cable Communications has changed its name and is now officially BendBroadband. On Nov. 1, 2017, TDS Broadband Service LLC, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., and operated by TDS Telecom (TDS®) announced it completed the acquisition of Crestview Cable Communications (Crestview) in central Oregon. The sale includes service areas totaling more than… Continue Reading

600Mbps now available in Bend

High speed broadband is in high demand across the nation. Recent investments by local cable and internet provider BendBroadband, now puts Central Oregon with some of the fastest broadband speeds available. The average household in the U.S. now has more than seven devices connected to the internet at any given time, with six percent of… Continue Reading

Introducing Our New 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Introducing Our New 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Big things are happening at BendBroadband: We’re kicking off our new 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on Internet, TV and phone service. Good news! This guarantee is available to both brand new customers and current customers who add a new core service to their package. We’re doing this because we’re sure you’ll love our services. Why… Continue Reading

BendBroadband kicks off Month of Giving on Dec. 1

BendBroadband kicks off Month of Giving on Dec. 1

BendBroadband has been part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years. And thanks to the community, we’ve been able to grow and thrive. One of our favorite programs is BendBroadband’s Community Partners Program where we provide nearly 25 nonprofits with free or reduced internet and video services. Each day during the month… Continue Reading

Crestview Cable Communications now part of BendBroadband, TDS

With the acquisition complete, TDS plans to accelerate broadband with fiber optic investments for both home and business owners. TDS Broadband Service LLC, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., and operated by TDS Telecom(TDS®) announces it has completed the acquisition of Crestview Cable Communications (Crestview) in central Oregon. The sale includes service areas totaling more than 21,000… Continue Reading

Protect privacy, check social media settings

Protect privacy, check social media settings

According to Pew Research Center, people are lacking confidence in how social media sites protect their personal data. BendBroadband is encouraging customers to review their social media privacy settings following several social media sites recently changing their privacy policies to track user data or make data more visible. “Many customers continually express concern about internet… Continue Reading

BendBroadband features Sisters resident in TV commercial

BendBroadband features Sisters resident in TV commercial

Local internet, TV, and phone services provider BendBroadband has launched another installment of its internet campaign, this time featuring Sisters resident June Jaeger. Building on the company’s promotional series that highlights inspiring Central Oregonians such as Ultra Runner Max King, and chainsaw artist Skip Armstrong, Jaeger will be featured for her quilting. “We admire the artistry,… Continue Reading