IMPORTANT UPDATE January 3, 2017:
TDS® is no longer allowed to broadcast WJXT (channel 4). After several weeks of contract negotiations that ultimately did not lead to an agreement, TDS’ contract with WJXT expired at midnight, December 31, 2016.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience. Please know, we will continue to try to reach an agreement that will allow us to include WJXT in our lineup. In the meantime, you can use TDS’ fast, reliable Internet service to live stream WJXT’s morning newscast on their web site at no cost to you. WJXT also offers mobile apps so you can stay up-to-date with news, weather, and big events.
You’ll be happy to know that your Fox channels will NOT be interrupted. TDS and Fox have reached acceptable terms for continued carriage of these channels in our TDS TV lineup.
December 20, 2016: St. Marys TDS TV customers, as we mentioned previously, we’re negotiating with WJXT in earnest because our contract ends on December 31. Despite our best efforts, the station is telling us we may have to take the broadcast down.
WJXT is requesting a large hike in their rates—an increase that is out of line with industry standards and more than customers should have to pay.
In fact, they are demanding over 30 percent more than any other broadcast station in Jacksonville will receive in 2017. WJXT has no national affiliation (CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC) station and its prime time content consists of re-runs that are available elsewhere. As a result, we don’t feel such a dramatic rate hike is warranted.
They have rejected our offer for what we consider is a reasonable rate increase. We have also offered to meet their rate hike demands, but only if we can offer their channel to customers on an a la carte basis.
If negotiations do not prove successful and the WJXT signal must be removed on 12/31/16, simply use TDS’ fast, reliable internet service to live stream WJXT’s popular morning newscast on their website at no cost to you.