Less than a week after Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) settled a retransmission-consent dispute in Texas that left it unable to carry an NBC affiliate for five months, the MSO has lost the signals of two TV stations in Louisville, Ky., as a result of a dispute with privately held Block Communications.
Block pulled the feeds for Fox affiliate WDRB-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO-TV at midnight, after Time Warner Cable rejected its demand for increased retransmission-consent fees. The dispute with Block is unique, considering the company also owns Buckeye Cable in Ohio, a cable system that has protested hikes in fees from broadcasters.
"When Block is negotiating as a cable operator, they too believe that excessive retransmission consent fees are out of line," Time Warner Cable said in a statement.
Time Warner Cable picked up the Louisville system earlier this year, when it acquired Insight Communications. The MSO's five-month battle with station owner Cordillera Communications in Corpus Christi, Texas, could make station owners in other former Insight markets in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky shutter, as Time Warner Cable has demonstrated that it is prepared to go several months without TV stations in its lineup in order to negotiate more favorable retransmission-consent fees.
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