What is happening to my channels in Millersville, MD?
In the middle of a global health and economic crisis, media conglomerates want you to pay a lot more to keep watching their channels. Broadstripe is fighting to stop them.
It costs money to produce quality programming, and reasonable increases are a fact of life. But these huge corporations are making unreasonable demands. They are willing to black out your service to get what they want.
As of January 1, 2021, network owners will no longer allow you to continue receiving their channels. As a result, the following channels are temporarily unavailable on your Millersville channel lineup:
Cunningham Broadcast Company Channels
WNUV (CW) – SD: 3, HD: 403
WNUV (Antenna TV) – 173
WNUV (Comet TV) – 174
You should not be in the middle of this dispute. Broadstripe has asked for a contract extension so you can continue to view the channels you like while we continue negotiations for a fair increase.
We apologize for this inconvenience. Rest assured, Broadstripe is working hard to get your channels restored as quickly as possible. We are grateful for your patience and promise to keep you informed on the status of these discussions. Please check this page for regular updates. ___________________________________________________________________________
Here’s how you can take action.
Call the station directly. You can call the media company directly to discuss the channel removal.
Cunningham Broadcast Company Channels – CW
Phone Number: 410-467-4545
Reach out on social media. Contact the media companies on social media and publicly voice your frustrations.
Cunningham Broadcast Company Channels – CW
THE BROADSTRIPE PLEDGE
Our Ongoing Commitment to You
Keep Your Bill Fair and Reasonable
To keep your bill as low as possible by standing up to networks’ demands for increasing fees.
Conduct Transparent Negotiations
To negotiate in good faith with networks and keep you updated.
Put Our Customers’ Needs First
To ask network owners not to use viewers’ loyalty against them during negotiations.
Provide Alternative Solutions
If possible, to provide options and solutions if a network does remove its channels.
TOO MANY CHANNELS
“I only watch 20 channels – why do I have to pay for so many others?”
We agree! You deserve more choice and control over the TV programming you pay for.
It makes sense that you only want to pay for the channels that appeal to you and your family. But the big media companies have other ideas. They own most of the channels you want, as well as most of the channels you don’t want. And they won’t let you have the most popular channels unless other networks that they own are included in your package. They need more viewers – and money — for these less-popular channels. So, in exchange for permitting Broadstripe to bring you the shows and channels you want, the media companies insist that you receive, and ultimately pay for, networks you don’t care about.
THE COST OF TV SERVICE
Your monthly Broadstripe bill includes charges for two kinds of services. The first one represents the cost of maintaining and improving Broadstripe’s physical network. That includes everything from installing and maintaining technical facilities, paying our employees, including our front-line customer service representatives and field technicians, to the normal operating expenses common to every business, like paying the electric bill. Broadstripe works hard to keep these costs under control, and we operate more efficiently than many TV providers.
The second “service” you pay for is the fees the media companies charge for their channels. Today, well over half of every dollar of your monthly bill for cable television goes to the programmers whose channels we carry. And their fees continue to increase. We understand, it takes money to produce quality programming, and reasonable increases are a fact of life. But recently, more and more media companies have been demanding huge increases for their programming, even though viewership and ratings are often on the decline. To get these excessive price hikes, some media companies are willing to remove their networks from your channel lineup, holding you hostage until Broadstripe gives in to their greedy demands — demands that increase your bill. Rest assured that Broadstripe does everything possible to prevent that from happening so we can deliver the best TV experience at the best possible value.
BROADSTRIPE IS ON YOUR SIDE
You’ve enjoyed TV service from Broadstripe, but we know it can be costly. We believe we can help save you money and you’ll get the programming you are missing, when we switch you from your current Broadstripe TV package to a streaming TV subscription from one of our partners.
When you cut the cord and switch to streaming TV, you can watch all the same TV shows, sports, and movies that you love without the bulky cable boxes, contracts or extra fees.
All it takes is your super-fast Broadstripe Internet, a subscription from one of our streaming partners like YouTube TV, Sling, fubo TV or Philo and a little help from your friends at Broadstripe.
Visit broadstripe.com/streaming for more information
THE BROADCASTER’S BARGAIN
Since the earliest days of television, broadcast stations – NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox – have been granted free use of the public airwaves by the federal government. That’s a public subsidy worth billions of dollars. In exchange, the only obligation broadcasters must meet is to “serve the public interest.” More than 60 years later, the public subsidy continues, but the public interest side of the bargain is too often ignored. Most local broadcast stations are owned by huge media conglomerates with little interest in your community.
Because of an old TV law called “retransmission consent,” cable companies like Broadstripe must obtain consent from these broadcasters to carry their stations, and they demand steep fees in exchange for that consent. Because of these outdated regulations giving TV stations a local monopoly, broadcasters often threaten to blackout their signals, even though their programming remains available for free over-the-air with an antenna.
When the blackouts do finally end, consumers get their programming back, but at a much higher cost.
For more information on how retransmission consent contributes to rising monthly cable bills, visit: http://www.americancable.org/issues/tv-ransom/.