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UPDATE: Charter Cable, WSB-TV Reach Agreement

The Atlanta station and the cable TV carrier are in a dispute over rights fees.

Charter screen display on WSB lineup slot. Credit: Steve Burns
Charter screen display on WSB lineup slot. Credit: Steve Burns
By Patch Editor Steve Burns

Updated 4:15 p.m., Jan 1, 2014:

WSB's absence from the Charter cable television lineup lasted less than one day.

Charter viewers were able to watch part of the Capital One Bowl game between South Carolina and Wisconsin on New Year's Day, which began at 1 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. That telecast was followed by a WSB news telecast at 4:30 p.m.

Charter had dropped WSB from its lineup shortly after midnight Jan. 1, because the retransmission consent contract between Charter and WSB had expired.

No announcement was evident on the WSB website, and Charter officials could not be reached for comment.

Updated 10:15 a.m., Jan 1, 2014:

Shortly after midnight Jan. 1, WSB-TV went dark on the Charter cable television lineup, in a dispute over retransmission rights fees.

"Charter is currently negotiating to bring this station back on the air," a Charter programmed statement said. "Unfortunately, the owners of this station are demanding an unfair rate increase ..."

"We want to keep this station on the air, but not at a price that would increase fees to our customers. ... This was their decision, and we apologize for their actions."

The loss of WSB means not only the loss of local news telecasts, but the loss of ABC network programming, which includes such shows as "Good Morning America" and "Modern Family."

WSB news telecasts are streamed live on wsbtv.com, and some ABC programming is available on a delayed basis on hulu.com.

Note: Charter's statement was updated to note that it is "currently" negotiating.

Original post, 10:14 p.m., Dec. 31, 2013:


The arrival of 2014 will also mean the loss of WSB-TV from the Charter cable television lineup.

According to an announcement Tuesday (Dec. 31) by WSB, Charter will drop WSB and its digital companion MeTV from its lineup because the parties could not reach an agreement over retransmission rights fees.

"Cox Media Group and Charter were working diligently to come to a fair and reasonable agreement,” Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of WSB-TV, said in the announcement. “However, it is now clear than an agreement will not be reached.

Barring a last minute deal, Charter will black out the station’s feed at midnight during “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” the WSB story said.

This also would mean the loss of ABC programming on WSB, such as “Good Morning America,” and ABC programs like "Modern Family."

-- What's your reaction to this situation? Tell us in the comments below.

See also:

WSB-Charter Dispute: What's the Situation?



Nick Holliday January 01, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Watch it free over the air. HD folks.

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