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I just sent the following to KOCO's management:
Hearst-Argyle Management, Owner of KOCO TV, Oklahoma City -- I saw the unconvincing spin you have put on your company's insistence that Cox pay you for the privilege of carrying KOCO's HD feed, although you have historically provided it to Cox without charge. What you didn't say was that, every local network affiliate but Channel 25's owner, Sinclair Communications, makes no such charge. KOCO hasn't charged, either, until now. One wonders what your advertisers are paying for?
I no longer watch Channel 25 because I can't see Fox's HD feeds and now I won't watch ABC, either. Too bad but there it is. I will of course address my concerns to ABC in hopes that they might convince you to reconsider and rescind this unfortunate decision. At least Sinclair had the excuse of never having allowed Cox to carry its HD feeds without a charge. In stark contrast, you have provided your HD transmissions to Cox without charge but now have decided to change the rules in the middle of the game.
Those of us who have been paying attention understand that this dispute is the result of action you took. We also know that if Cox capitulates, its costs will be passed on to its customers.
I urge to reconsider this ill-advised decision.
Copy to: ABC.com
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