Jan 2, 2013 6:18 PM by Tonya LaCoste
KATC is waiting on an official response from Raycom Media about programming to cable subscribers. Raycom stations, KPLC and WAFB, went dark on Jan. 1 after Cox Communications and Raycom failed to reach an agreement. As we await Raycom's response, the following is posted on WAFB's website:
Every other provider in our community agrees our rate is fair, which is why we remain available on all other providers. You pay 100% of your cable bill and you simply deserve to get 100% of your channels from COX! Cox's claim that Raycom is asking for an unreasonable rate increase is misleading. In fact, the increase Raycom is seeking amounts to less than 2 cents a day per household.
Cox refuses to pay what it calls a more than 200 percent price increase. According to Cox Communications Public Affairs Manager Patricia Parks Thompson, "Programming costs are the single largest factor in our customers' bills, so we're doing everything we can to keep those costs down." Cox is willing to negotiate for fair compensation, but we're not willing to pay the exorbitant fees Raycom is requesting, she said. "Raycom Media is withholding their programming from Cox customers because Cox won't give them a price increase that's more than 200 percent higher than what we already pay them for programming that is available for free over- the- air."