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Hearst Television contracts with Time Warner, Bright House, Insight Cable expired

Discussion in 'Season Pass Alerts' started by LoadStar, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Heads up. Hearst Television's contract with Time Warner, Bright House, and Insight Cable systems has now expired.

    They've extended carriage out under the current contract through July 9, but Hearst is stating that negotiations are "at an impasse" with all three systems.

    If negotiations aren't complete by July 9 (and Hearst indicates that they are not ongoing at this time) Hearst stations will likely be blacked out.
     
  2. starbreiz

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    I hadn't been following this. Hearst has its hands in a lot of stations, do you have more specifics on which are affected? What about ones it only owns parts of like ESPN? Maybe more details for folks who aren't actually in the media industry? :)
     
  3. LoadStar

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    This is strictly their "over the air" stations. A quick check indicates that at least the following stations are affected:

    WMUR (Manchester, NH) - Time Warner
    WMOR (Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL) - Bright House
    WXII (Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC) - Time Warner
    WLKY (Louisville, KY) - Insight
    KMBC/KCWE (Kansas City, MO) - Time Warner
    WISN (Milwaukee, WI) - Time Warner
    WLWT (Cincinnati, OH) - Time Warner and Insight
    KETV (Omaha, NE) - Time Warner
    KITV (Honolulu, HI) - Time Warner

    I can't guarantee that's a complete list, but those are the stations I saw had posted a notice on their webpages about the dispute.
     
  4. sieglinde

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    Oh, so they are specific stations not things like AMC. OK.
     
  5. LoadStar

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    The extension expires tonight, and thus far they have yet to restart negotiations. Hearst will almost certainly black out the above mentioned stations at midnight tonight.
     
  6. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    The Hearst-Time Warner/Bright House fight is over, and the stations are back on cable as of tonight.
     

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