Hearst Television stations pulled from Insight/Time Warner Cable, replaces most with out-of-market s

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  1. T.L. Hughes

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    Hearst Television has usually been a station group that has managed to avoid retrans impasses, but that streak has come to a crashing end on Wednesday (July 10). Hearst dropped its stations from Time Warner systems in 13 markets affecting approximately two million people (stations directly impacted are KITV/Honolulu, WTAE-TV/Pittsburgh, WLWT/Cincinnati, WPTZ/Plattsburgh, New York, WCVB-TV/Boston, WMUR-TV/Manchester, New Hampshire, KMBC-TV and KCWE/Kansas City, WXII-TV/Winston-Salem, North Carolina, WMOR-TV/Tampa (licensed to Lakeland, Florida), WESH-TV and WKCF/Orlando, WMTW/Portland, Maine and KETV/Omaha).

    Time Warner appears to have piped in out-of-market stations corresponding with the network affiliations of each of the stations in all but one market that is affected by this retrans impasse: an example is in Louisville, Kentucky, where CBS affiliate WLKY-TV was pulled from Insight Communications in the area, which was also impacted by the agreement as Time Warner Cable handles all carriage agreements for Insight due to its February 2012 acquisition of that cable company. WLKY was substituted on Insight in the Louisville area with WROC-TV, a Nexstar Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate in... Rochester, New York (meaning that Louisville residents are getting CBS programming from a station 600 miles away from the city). Other stations being imported include WTWO/Terre Haute supplying NBC programming in Cincinnati to replace WLWT, and WBRE-TV/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania supplying NBC programming to Moultonborough, New Hampshire and Plattsburgh, New York subscribers who lost WPTZ; and Greensboro, North Carolina subscribers who lost WXII. The replaced stations were in markets where the respective stations failed to submit non-network duplication notices with the FCC, so TIme Warner found a loophole to the rule that typically disallows the importing of out-of-market station signals.

    Hawaii residents who subscribe to Oceanic Time Warner Cable, however, have no access to ABC programming whatsoever, instead the KITV channel space is replaced with a message explaining its removal from Time Warner. Besides the fact that they are still available over-the-air (of course), and on DirecTV and Dish (as well as in a few of the affected markets, AT&T U-verse or Verizon FiOS), in markets where there are more than one cable provider (such as Milwaukee and Kansas City), Hearst stations are still available in the market through pay TV. Apparently, one station is unaffected as WISN/Milwaukee remains available on Time Warner due to a side deal with Charter Communications.
     
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    600 miles away? That's wonderful news for Louisville subscribers, especially when there's another CBS affiliate RIGHT NEXT DOOR. :rofl!:
     
  3. trev57

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    Said "side deal" with Charter Communications is that TWC has to provide Charter (who covers WISN's northern viewing area) with WISN's signal. Thus, if TWC were to pull WISN, they would also be pulling it from Charter customers as well. Prior to last night, an agreement like that was something I had never heard of.
     
  4. Mrtraveler01

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    Looks like all the "replacement" stations are stations owned by Nexstar so I wonder if TWC and Nexstar made some sort of deal regarding that. This is the first time I've ever heard of such a practice regarding replacing an over-the-air signal station after a contract dispute.

    It also looks like KMBC wasn't replaced with anything either which is surprising considering that KQTV in neighboring market St. Joseph, MO is owned by Nexstar as well.
     
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    Time Warner has cable service in Pittsburgh? What station was WTAE replaced with? odd.
     
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    Tell that to the Shaw Cable subscribers in Calgary who get Spokane for West feeds, and Detroit for East.

    And you thought the Viacom/DirecTV dispute was a bad one...
     
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    WESH and WKCF are removed from Bright House's line-up. Looks like Central Florida will be tuning in to WBRE. Why not put Tampa's WFLA on there. It's right down I-4!!

    http://www.wesh.com/...vz/-/index.html
     
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  8. T.L. Hughes

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    Duly noted, it looks like Nexstar isn't happy with Time Warner Cable using its stations to replace the missing Hearst-owned network affiliates, according to this excerpt from an article in AdWeek:

     
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    WXII should of get WCNC in Charlotte or WNCN in Raliegh which it is a smarter idea than getting a NBC affiliate over in PA
     
  10. Mrtraveler01

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    I'm curious to see what the "loophole" TWC is exploiting to allow them to do that. Because it looks like they've done this in the past when TWC had disputes with other television station groups.
     
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    Comcast has Pittsburgh, but Time Warner has Clarksburg, WV which carries WTAE. WBOY carries ABC on a sub channel.
     
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    WISN now says that their station will be pulled from TWC at midnight tonight. Apparently Charter has a new way of getting WISN's signal.
     
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    Oh Time Warner, you silly silly cable company. Just resolve this with Hearst. Seriously this is the most backwards way of getting a local station. Oh good grief:

    And if you do want to pipe in other stations that are out of market, than pipe stations in that are next door to the market affected and get agreements in place so that you don't have to use loopholes.
     
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    Bright House in Lakeland/Polk County, FL replaced WMOR with HBO Family.
     
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    Are anyone else's other local stations taking advantage of the Hearst stations being off the air by encouraging the Hearst viewers to tune into their news? (Like WTMJ here in Milwaukee)
     
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    Nexstar has now taken matters into their own hands (or rather a court's hands) as they have sued Time Warner Cable for breach of contract, copyright infringement and filed a petition with the FCC against TWC for rules violations over its carriage of Nexstar-owned stations to replace the missing Hearst Television stations. Here's the story from AdWeek.

     

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