Local Broadcast Channel Status

Keeping channels on and costs in check.

Nationally, the costs to companies like Atlantic Broadband for cable network programming have increased more than 20 percent in the last three years. In addition, local broadcast TV stations charge companies like Atlantic Broadband a substantial fee to retransmit their signals to customers. These broadcast TV fees increased 18.5 percent in the first quarter of this year over the prior year on a national basis.

When these networks demand higher fees, customers pay more to watch TV. Even worse, disputes over these rising fees in recent years have caused broadcast TV blackouts in some areas of the country, as broadcasters pull their stations from cable lineups in an effort to secure higher rates. However, Atlantic Broadband has worked hard to negotiate carriage agreements to prevent such interruptions wherever possible in our service areas.

As we come to the end of 2018, carriage agreements between Atlantic Broadband and some of the cable networks and broadcast TV stations we carry on our lineups are expiring and are being renegotiated (see broadcast station and cable network groups below). We are fully prepared to pay a fair market price for these cable networks and local broadcast stations. However, recent proposals from some of these networks and stations have included unprecedented price increases over prior years.

In the face of this, Atlantic Broadband will continue to work hard to negotiate renewals with these networks and stations without disruption so that our customers will have access to a wide range of programming content on the most advanced video platform available today at the fairest possible price.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit TV on My Side and the American Cable Association to find out more about these issues.

Broadcast Station Groups currently under negotiation include CBS, NBCU, Lilly, Cox and Univision stations (stations vary by market).

Cable Network Groups currently under negotiation include the following (specific networks vary by market):

  • CBS: Smithsonian and CBS Sports Network
  • NBCU: USA Network, SyFy, Oxygen, E!, Olympic Channel, NBC Sports Network, msnbc, CNBC, Bravo, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, NECN, NBC Universo (networks vary by location)
  • AT&T Sports (Roots): AT&T Sports Net
  • Univision: El Rey
  • WAPA: CineLatino