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Channels Have Gone Dark, Negotiations Will Continue

TDS® has reached an impasse in our contract negotiations with Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Despite TDS’ best efforts – and against our wishes – the stations below are no longer being transmitted on the TDS lineup. We hope this is temporary, but until TDS and Nexstar reach an agreement, TDS is prohibited by law from carrying these Nexstar stations.

Colorado:
Cortez – Stations: KREZ (CBS) and KBIM (FOX) Let KREZ know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.krqe.com/contact and let KBIM know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.yourbasin.com/contact-us
Fort Carson – Stations: KXTU (CW) and KXRM (FOX) Let KXRM know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.fox21news.com/contact-us
Woodland Park – Stations: KXRM (FOX)
Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.fox21news.com/contact-us

Nevada:
Mesquite – Stations: KLAS (CBS and MeTV)
Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.lasvegasnow.com/contact-us

New Mexico:
Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, and Ruidoso areas – Stations: KBIM (CBS and FOX)  Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.krqe.com/contact
Eunice – Station: KMID (ABC) Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.yourbasin.com/contact-us
Socorro – Stations: KRQE (CBS and FOX) Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.krqe.com/contact
Truth or Consequences – Stations: KRQE (CBS) and KBIM (FOX)
Let KRQE know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.krqe.com/contact and let KMID know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.yourbasin.com/contact-us
Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.krqe.com/contact

Texas:
Alpine and Fort Stockton – Stations: KMID (ABC) Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.yourbasin.com/contact-us
Seminole – Stations: KLBK (CBS)
Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/contact-us

Utah:
Cedar City and St. George – Stations: KTVX (ABC and MeTV) and KUCW (CW and Grit TV)
Let the station know your opinion on this takedown at: https://www.abc4.com/contact/vp-gm

TDS will continue to negotiate
We have given Nexstar our best offer—one that we consider a reasonable increase. Nexstar, however, is continuing to demand rates that are well outside industry norms – now up to a 112% increase. TDS will continue negotiations with Nexstar to reach a fair agreement that does not unduly impact customers’ bills.

This is the first time TDS has gone dark with a “Big-4” station (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX). In all other negotiations, we have been able to come to an agreement. But this time, we were not able to do so. We simply could not agree to Nexstar’s demand. We are seeking reasonable rates to protect customers.

When an agreement is reached, TDS will once again be allowed to transmit the affected channels to our customers.

Although the channels have been pulled from our lineup, we hope this is temporary. We will continue to try to reach an agreement that will allow us to include Nexstar channels on TDS.

We welcome your thoughts as well. Please feel free to provide feedback on the contract negotiations at our Keep Rates Reasonable survey.

Due to the partial government shutdown, the FCC’s informal complaint page is temporarily unavailable. You can still make a formal public complaint about big broadcaster retransmission rate hikes by visiting: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express and in the “Proceedings” box enter: 10-71.

This industry-wide issue doesn’t just affect TDS customers. In 2017, there were 145 blackouts, affecting TV viewers in nearly 100 markets!

Thank you for your patience as we continue to negotiate on your behalf.

Additional viewing ideas are listed below: 

FOX – KRQE and KBIM – Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Cortez, Hobbs, Lovington, Ruidoso, Truth or Consequences, and Socorro Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.krqe.com/foxnewmexico

FOX – KXRM – Fort Carson and Woodland Park Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.fox21news.com/

CBS – KRQE, KBIM, and KREZ – Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, Ruidoso, Cortez, and Socorro Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.krqe.com/

CBS – KLBK – Seminole
Live stream local news: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/

CBS – KLAS – Mesquite Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.lasvegasnow.com/

Customers can go to https://www.cbs.com/all-access/, subscribe and receive one week free. The monthly fee, after the first free week, is $5.99 with commercials, or commercial free, $9.99 a month. They can stream their local live broadcast, including NFL on CBS.

CW Options
CW – KXTU – Fort Carson
CW – KUCW – Cedar City and St. George

1. CWTV.com provides access to CW network shows beginning at 11 p.m. the night the show aired on broadcast
2. The CW app is available on most streaming devices, it is easy for customers to watch shows only a few hours after their initial airing at no cost
3. CW and Netflix agreement allows for all series to show up on Netflix eight days after the season finale.

ABC – KMID – Eunice, Fort Stockton, and Alpine Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.yourbasin.com/

ABC – KTVX – St. George and Cedar City Customers
Live stream local news: https://www.abc4.com/cw30

 



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