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Cox Cable Press Release
updated: Aug 18, 2012, 3:33 PM

Source: Cox Cable

Dear Valued Cox Customer,

You may have heard recent reports by ABC-affiliate KEYT that KEYT and My Network TV may no longer be available on Cox's lineup if their parent company, Smith Media, does not reach an agreement with us.

We would like you to know that Cox is working hard and in good faith to negotiate a deal with Smith Media to keep its programming on Cox's channel lineup for our customers. Unfortunately, Smith Media is demanding unreasonable fees that are far above market rate and that would cause our customers' bills to rise - fees for a television channel that is otherwise available for free, over the air. Without an agreement, Smith Media is refusing to grant Cox permission to carry its signals past 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

Cox will continue to negotiate with Smith Media in order to secure a reasonable agreement that avoids unduly burdening our customers. Meanwhile, KEYT and My Network TV remain available on Cox's cable lineup.

In the event KEYT pulls its signals from Cox, our customers will still be able to watch KEYT programming free over-the-air with an antenna or digital-to-analog broadcast converter box available at consumer electronics retail stores. Plus, digital TVs with a digital tuner (such as clear QAM TVs) can also tune directly to these signals. You can also access ABC programming on Cox.com/TV.

We thank you for being a Cox customer, and please be assured that we are negotiating in good faith to come to an agreement with Smith Media on your behalf.

Cox Communications

 

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