KPHO, Meredith Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Ariz. said Wednesday (Dec. 10) that retransmission negotiations with Cable One are stalled. If the two parties cannot come to an arrangement by Dec. 31, Cable One will be forced to pull KPHO’s signal.
According to Ed Munson, vp and and general manager of KPHO, Cable One is unwilling to pay to carry the station. “They would rather pay money for lightly viewed cable channels,” Munson said.
The spat comes at a time when the industry is preparing to switch to digital broadcasting Feb. 17, 2009. Consumers without a cable or satellite service would have to purchase a converter box or new digital TV in order to receive over-the-air signals, which is why broadcasters and cable companies are arguing over a possible moratorium period on retransmission spats.
If the two parties cannot reach agreement, Cable One customers will lose broadcasts of popular prime-time shows such as CSI, Survivor and the NFL playoff games.
In its press release, Meredith reminded consumers that they can always receive CBS programming from KPHO via DirecTV or Dish Network, or via a home antenna.