Local cable customers could lose programming on several channels if TDS® does not reach an agreement with Nexstar Media Group by Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Nexstar is demanding up to a 175% rate increase for the same content available today on your TV. We certainly understand that prices increase over time and modest adjustments need to be made in new contracts. However, a rate hike of this level is far outside what would be considered a normal price increase.
The channels and markets impacted include:
Cortez: CBS and Fox
Fort Carson: FOX and CW
Woodland Park: Fox
Mesquite: CBS and Me TV
Alamogordo: CBS and Fox
Carlsbad: CBX and Fox
Hobbs and Lovington: CBS and Fox
Ruidoso: CBS and Fox
Socorro: CBS and Fox
Truth or Consequences: CBS and Fox
Fort Stockton: ABC
Cedar City: ABC, CW, Me TV and Grit TV
St. George: ABC, CW, Me TV and Grit TV
In addition to the large rate hike, Nexstar is asking for additional contract terms we do not agree with and could leave the door open for future unexpected changes that could negatively impact both your lineup and your bill.
Nexstar is also misleading customers with its on-air and website messaging. Nexstar has stated:
TDS is threatening to take away your local stations. TDS may drop your local CBS, FOX, ABC, CW and MyNet stations on December 31.
TDS is not threatening to take down stations. We are negotiating for a fair deal. If we cannot reach a deal, Nexstar could require TDS to take stations down. The truth is if that happens, there is no market in which TDS customers are at risk of losing access to all five networks, or even three networks. Nexstar’s messaging is not honest. We hope this clarification helps our customers.
We take our responsibility to our customers very seriously. While we will continue to pursue a resolution that is equitable for all parties, we’ve also heard that you’re concerned about the rising cost of video entertainment. Our goal is to help you by actively resisting this type of unnecessary and unwarranted content price increase. This is not just a TDS issue but an industry issue that has or could impact all customers at one time or another.
TDS’ contract with Nexstar will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018. Please know, we have proposed a competitive rate with Nexstar that they have rejected. We will continue to try to reach an agreement that will allow us to include these stations in our lineup.
We want to hear from you! To share your thoughts about channel negotiations and potential loss of programming, please email: email@example.com. You can also provide us feedback on the contract negotiations at our Keep Rates Reasonable survey.
You can also take action by calling Nexstar and let them know you would like to see them offer a reasonable rate:
In New Mexico call: 505-243-2285
In Colorado call: 719-596-2100
In Nevada call: 702-792-8888
In Texas call: 806-745-2345
In Utah call: 801-975-4444