Midcontinent loses Fox stations in North Dakota

Midcontinent Communications said Monday that it lost the feeds for Fox affiliates KNDX, KXND and two other stations in North Dakota after failing to reach a new retransmission-consent agreement with station group owner Prime Cities Broadcasting.

"We will continue to negotiate and hope to reach a fair agreement in the interest of our customers," Midcontinent said in a prepared statement. Its agreement with Prime Cities expired on Sunday.

Midcontinent is one of several cable MSOs that have lost the feeds of local broadcast stations after refusing to pay increased retransmission-consent fees to broadcasters. Last year, Mediacom Communications went six weeks without the feeds for several Fox affiliates as it waged a battle with LIN TV Corp.  Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) subscribers in Corpus Christi, Texas have gone nearly four months without NBC affiliate KRIS-TV as a result of a dispute with station owner Cordillera Communications.

For more:
- see the statement from Midcontinent

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