Louisville Stations Could Go Dark on TWC5/31/2012 5:13 PM Eastern
Time Warner Cable is locked in retransmission-consent dispute with two Louisville, Ky., broadcast stations and it appears unlikely that the two will reach an accord before a midnight deadline expires.
Time Warner Cable has said that it offered to carry WDRB (Fox) Channel 41 and WMYO (MyNetworkTV) Channel 58 in Louisville at the same price its predecessor cable company in the area, Insight Communications paid for the channels, but was rebuffed by the station's owners, Block Communications, which is demanding higher prices.
"We don't think that's fair to our customers, and will continue to negotiate to keep prices down," Time Warner Cable said in a statement.
On its web site, WDRB said that it is merely seeking fair value for its signal.
"Time Warner Cable is refusing to pay the fair market price for a Fox station," WDRB said in a statement. "That amount is two cents per day."
The station added that it is asking for the same amount it charged Insight, with increases in 2013 and 2014 to reflect the rate increases imposed by WDRB's programmers, based on the number of cable subscribers in the area.
"That is fair," the station said on the web site.
Time Warner Cable agreed to purchase Insight for $3 billion last year. It closed the deal in February.