Cox Media Group’s CBS station KIRO-TV has gone dark for Frontier Communication’s Fios customers after the provider and the broadcaster were unable to reach terms on a new deal.
According to Frontier, Cox was asking for fee increases of more than 80% over the next three-year contract period. Frontier turned down the deal and now its subscribers in the Seattle area will no longer get CBS, Get TV and Laff TV programming.
“Cox’s bullying and heavy-handed blackout tactics hurt consumers,” said Steve Ward, senior vice president of video technology and content at Frontier, in a statement. “Their demands for an outrageous price increase would have to be passed on to customers in the form of higher monthly service rates. It’s time for Cox to agree to a fair and reasonable solution.”
Cox Media operates 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than 12 nondaily publications.