KFXO rejects BendBroadband carriage offer, will remove Fox signal
While I won't make it until midnight, as I'm tired, I do know one thing: I probably won't have KFXO on my TV tomorrow, if BendBroadband's press release is to be believed. From how I'm reading it, KFXO's highly publicized "We were only asking for a penny a day per subscriber" turned out to not be true, as BendBroadband offered that, and was rejected.
December 31, 2008 Bend, Ore. - BendBroadband announced today that NPG/KFXO has rejected BendBroadband's compromise on compensation for carriage of FOX programming on BendBroadband's channel lineup. According to Amy Tykeson, President and CEO, "BendBroadband's request for an extension of the current agreement to allow negotiations to continue has also been rebuffed by KFXO's corporate offices. BendBroadband has met the requested penny-a-day per customer carriage fee that KFXO's local management has widely touted as their requirement. Unfortunately our counteroffer has been rejected."
Since KFXO hasn't told their side of the story yet (as far as I know), I don't know the other side of this. But the only show on Fox I really have to watch is House, so I'll just have to download those or watch those on Hulu or something.
(Earlier story with discussion.)
Update on 1/1/09: The station is off of BendBroadband today, with this note on-screen (copied from the comments, so it may not be exactly right, but this is basically what it said, and I'm at the office where we don't have BendBroadband so I can't 100% verify):
BENDBROADBAND'S AGREEMENT TO CARRY KFXO (CH 10 SD & 610 HD) HAS EXPIRED. KFXO HAS REMOVED THEIR SIGNAL FROM OUR CHANNEL LINEUP. OUR REQUEST TO OFFER KFXO DURING NEGOTIATIONS WAS DENIED. FOR UPDATES, INCLUDING INFO ABOUT HOW TO RECIVE KFXO OVER-THE-AIR, GO TO BENDBROADBAND.COM/KFXO OR CALL 382-5551Here's the site referred to.