WKTV/Time Warner Cable conflict makes national news in T.V. industry

By ANDREW DONOVAN

(WKTV) - The WKTV/Time Warner Cable conflict has made national headlines, after the story appeared on the national television industry website TVNewsCheck. The commentator focuses on similar national retransmission negotiations between Fox affiliates and Time Warner Cable.

The commentator, Harry Jessell, brings up Smith Media as another group that has "had enough" of Time Warner Cable's tactics.

After the midnight deadline on Wednesday, Smith Media and Time Warner Cable had failed to reach an agreement over the fair market value of WKTV's content. Time Warner then took WKTV off of its cable lineup.

WKTV's local signal was replaced with WBRE's singal, the NBC affiliate out of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Some Utica and Central New York residents were forced to get news and weather from over 150 miles away.

The article goes on to discuss how it may be illegal for Time Warner Cable to bring in the WBRE signal. Jessell said, "There’s a lot wrong with these tactics. First off, TWC apparently never got permission from at least two of the three stations it was importing, both owned by Nexstar. Nexstar CEO Perry Sook says he has sent cease-and-desist letters to TWC."

The entire article can be found on TVNewsCheck's website. Smith Media is mentioned in the second half.

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