Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cox and Channel 5 continuing negotiating

Dear Cox Customer:

We know you're concerned about the availability of KFSM (CBS affiliate) and KXNW (My Network TV affiliate) on Cox's cable lineup, and I want to reassure you that we're actively negotiating to continue offering it to our customers. Cox is fighting for you and trying to ensure we are able to continue offering KFSM and KXNW at fair and reasonable terms.

The dispute between Cox and Local TV, KFSM and KXNW's parent company, is all about how much you, the customer, should have to pay for the ability to see free over the air broadcast TV on your cable lineup. Local TV is holding its signals hostage by refusing to grant Cox permission to offer it unless we agree to pay 300% more than what we currently pay today. We don't think that's fair, especially in this economy. In fact, the signals of KFSM and KXNW and all other broadcast stations are available and can be received today with the use of an antenna. Digital TVs with a digital tuner (such as clear QAM TVs) can also tune directly to these signals when paired with an antenna. For more information, click here

We are hopeful we will conclude with a deal to keep Local TV's programming on Cox's lineups in the Arkansas communities we serve and continue bringing their signals to Cox customers. We will make sure to keep our customers apprised of the situation and continue to hope for a quick resolution that is reasonable for all parties, most importantly, our customers. For more information, visit

Thank you for being a Cox customer. We sincerely appreciate your business.

– Kim Rowell, Vice President and Market Leader, Cox Arkansas

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