A spokesman for Cable ONE said Wednesday that subscribers in the Ardmore area will continue to receive all of their local broadcast television channels without interruption today.


A spokesman for Cable ONE said Wednesday that subscribers in the Ardmore area will continue to receive all of their local broadcast television channels without interruption today.


Ardmore Cable ONE General Manager David Wall said his company had reached tentative 3-year agreements with the parent companies of KXII and KTEN to continue retransmitting their signals. KXII, a CBS-affiliate, and KTEN, an NBC-affiliate, provide programming to northern Texas and southern Oklahoma.


“Oklahoma City station KSBI (Channel 76) is still in question,” Wall said Wednesday afternoon. “We do have a 15-day extension with them.”


Television stations across the nation that air ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX programming had until Wednesday to finalize agreements with cable operators and satellite providers to allow them to continue to “retransmit” their signals in 2009. Wednesday was the deadline to get new deals negotiated without a service interruption.


According to the National Association of Broadcasters, retransmission consent negotiations between local television broadcasters and cable and satellite companies are private decisions.

The federal rules do not guarantee any compensation, however, broadcasters have the right to negotiate for the use of their signals. Television stations have similar rights with respect to satellite television providers like the Dish Network.


KXII posted a message on its Web site on Dec. 23 telling Cable ONE subscribers their service might end unless a new contract was successfully negotiated. The station’s owner, Gray Television Inc., announced Monday that it had reached tentative retransmission consent agreements with “substantially all” of its large cable operators. Wall confirmed that an “agreement in principle” had been reached with Gray Television Inc.


Television broadcasters argued that cable companies and satellite providers should pay for the right to retransmit their telecasts. Cable systems, like Cable ONE, contended they shouldn’t have to pay for free, over-the-air broadcasts. In the past, cable operators provided other services to the stations in lieu of direct compensation, Wall said.


The new agreements appear to offer little benefit to consumers who will probably see their cable and satellite bills rise.


“Ultimately, it will lead to higher rates,” Wall said. “(But) As of right now, we have no plans to raise our rates.”


Attempts to reach KTEN’s management about a possible new agreement with the DISH Network were unsuccessful Wednesday.


Steve Biehn, 221-6546
steve.biehn@ardmoreite.com