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Nexstar impacted customers: Update and ABC & CW viewing ideas

We want to make sure you know alternative ways for catching any shows you might miss on either ABC or CW while the channels are dark (which, again, we hope is only temporary!). We also wanted to give you a quick update on where things stand.

Alternative viewing ideas

Fortunately, there are a number of ways—even for free—you can access the shows you’d like to watch.

  1. An over-the-air antenna. All of the major broadcasters deliver the same content over the air for free. All you need is an antenna and you’re good to go.
  2. Head to the web and/or download an app. CWTV.comprovides access to CW network shows beginning at 11 p.m. the night the show aired on broadcast TV. The CW also has a free app available on most streaming devices so you can watch shows (eve on your TV) at no cost only a few hours after they originally aired. Plus, for those who prefer to binge their content, a CW and Netflix agreement allows for all series to show up on Netflix eight days after the season finale. Note: won’t work because we are currently at a contract impasse.
  3. Hulu. You might be surprised we’d point you here, but you can access new shows the day after the premier right from your TV (technically, as early as 4 a.m., if you’re motivated). That means you can watch ABC shows like The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, The Conners, black-ish, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, and lots, lots more (here’s a complete list of ABC shows on Hulu). You can try Hulu for a week for free, but this service does cost $7.99/month (or you can pay more, for extra features like live streaming).

Please know we’re working hard to come to an agreement. Once one is reached, we will credit you for lost programming. So, thanks for hanging in there.

Contract update

We’ve agreed to multiple concessions and also provided several other offers which have all been rebuffed by Nexstar, here are a few examples:

  1. TDS asked Nexstar to keep the channels on while we continue negotiations, and they refused.
  2. We offered to retroactively pay Nexstar the new agreed-upon retransmission rate once a contract is signed—which means Nexstar had nothing to lose by letting TDS broadcast the channels during negotiations. Nexstar refused.
  3. TDS offered to place Nexstar’s channels on a separate, optional tier with 100% of the payments going to them. Again, Nexstar refused.
  4. TDS also offered Nexstar binding arbitration to allow a non-biased third party to step in and offer a fair resolution to the dispute. They refused this offer as well.

Long story short? We’re really trying, but we can’t legally broadcast their channels without a signed agreement in place.

Thanks again for your patience!


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