Originally Posted by coyoteaz
Well, that's excellent news for all parties involved.
I'm curious which side caved in. Did Comcast decide to fork over the cash that KGUN wanted, or did KGUN decide that it was better to have more viewers not paying than less viewers not paying?
That KGUN rolled over doesn't make sense, because then why would they keep Cox from carrying it as well?
Fellow Cox users, please come out in force now and if you don't post here a lot or ever, please post now.
I worked very hard to get the WB on Cox (and Comcast followed) and now I'm sick to my stomach that KGUN/ABC has been able to work out a deal with Comcast and Cox subscribers have neither Fox nor ABC.
We have to write letters or maybe consider calling in and telling them we're going to OTA and satellite. They need to hear from us now.
To this point, no Cox executive has EVER sent me a personal reply to any question. This is unacceptable, people. KVOA/NBC is the lowest rated major channel and with Comcast having everything but them, it's only a matter of time before KVOA decides they have to get on the bandwagon or risk losing the viewers they do have. They have a high rated news broadcast and that will dwindle if they hold out too long. But they are much more inclined to work something out with Comcast where they have competition, while knowing that Cox doesn't have much.
I tried to e-mail a Mr. Nicholson, the GM at KMSB/Fox, and the e-mail was returned as an unknown user. So the GM of a major affiliate has an unworking e-mail posted on his own station's website. I called and he did not return my call.
An e-mail from someone much lower at KMSB was rude and unhelpful but said they wanted Cox to carry them, but "financial reasons" were the issue placed their by Cox. Is he telling the truth? The great thing about the GM at the WB was her willingness to tell their viewers what was going on, so we knew the issues and that put a lot of pressure on Cox when they started getting letters. KMSB doesn't seem to want to help.
But I did some research and KMSB is owned by Belo, Inc. This same company owns the WB affiliate in Phoenix and they "somehow" had no trouble reaching an agreement with Cox to broadcast their HD signal there. Furthermore, Belo is also IN A PARTNERSHIP with Cox in owning a channel in the Phoenix area called the Family Channel, I believe it's called. So, Belo and Cox own a channel together and had no problem getting an agreement for their other Arizona station (the WB in Phoenix) to be broadcast on Cox (their partners) in Phoenix. Yet they can't make a deal in Tucson? Please.
We Cox customers are really getting the shaft and it's just not right. I know some people don't care or might have Comcast already or just use OTA and are not affected by any of this, but we could really use all of the HD communities support here in trying to get this resolved.
If anyone is willing to write letters to Ms. Doris again at Cox, please do so and post that you will or any suggestions or even support here because I do know that KGUN people, at the very least, read this forum.
Sorry for venting. Thanks for all of your help and support.