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WSB-TV reaches deal with Charter

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com

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Charter screen display on WSB lineup slot.


*UPDATE* 

According to WSB-TV, a deal has been reached between Charter Communcations and WSB-TV and normal programming has resumed as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“WSB-TV is back on the cable system ASAP,” said WSB. “Thank you for being loyal viewers.”

*Original story below*

Local subscribers of Charter Cable might have been surprised to see their WSB-TV / ABC channel shut down just after midnight on Jan. 1. 

The channel went dark on the Charter cable television lineup in a dispute over retransmission rights fees. 

“Cox Media Group and Charter have been working diligently to come to a fair and reasonable agreement,” said Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV. “However, as of today, Charter and Cox Media Group have not reached an agreement,” McVay continued.

“I am very sorry that our viewers who use Charter as their cable provider are caught in the middle and have been denied access to Channel 2 Action News and ABC programming on WSB-TV,” McVay continued. “Viewers can watch Channel 2 Action News newscasts live on wsbtv.com or on our news and weather apps.”

According to WSB’s website, Charter and Channel 2 have have had a retransmission consent in place since the early 90’s which regularly comes up for renewal every three years. The last term ended on January 1st at 12 a.m.

With no agreement in place, Charter blacked out WSB-TV and its second digital channel, MeTV, starting at midnight when the retransmission consent agreement expired. Cox Media Group and Charter have been working diligently to come to a fair and reasonable agreement and will continue to do so.

With no agreement reached, Charter began blacking out the station’s feed in the middle of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Charter subscribers will also lose Channel 2 Action News newscasts and ABC programming on WSB-TV.

On New Year’s Day, Charter subscribers will miss the Citrus and Rose Bowl Parades on WSB-TV, and the Capital One Bowl pitting the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Viewers can continue watch the station’s broadcasts for free over the air in High Definition by installing an HD antenna. The TV station also streams all of its newscasts live on wsbtv.com and on its mobile website and apps.

WSB has encouraged their viewers to call Charter at 1-888-438-2427 and encourage the cable provider to reach an agreement to carry Channel 2 WSB-TV.



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