For anyone out there worried that they would miss Last Man Standing, NFL football, or even some CW programming coming up this week, you have nothing to worry about. Today Tribune Media and Charter Spectrum announced in a joint statement that they have restored programming that was previously pulled off the air. This included a number of local affiliates — many of these affiliates were Fox, CBS, or The CW in some major markets. The restoration of this service is effective immediately, and it means that everything can go more or less back to normal.
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In a statement, here is what the two companies had to say:
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement that will return Tribune Broadcasting’s local television stations and WGN America to Spectrum customers and Tribune’s viewers.”
The longer that this standoff happened, the more problematic that it was going to become for networks. We’re sure that Fox itself had to be incredibly irked about this stand-off because of some of the programming that they’ve lost — Last Man Standing has become their top-rated scripted comedy and The Masked Singer is a show that some markets haven’t even had a chance to check out just yet (and it’s so much fun to watch if you haven’t checked it out). The fact that so many people have started to really get on board with it despite the carriage issues is a huge feather in Fox’s cap. (Also, they have a chance to air playoff games without any interruptions, which is a big benefit for them.)
The CW, meanwhile, had been largely immune from trouble to date … but that was about to be kicked off in a big way starting with the Critics’ Choice Awards this weekend. Beyond that, their hit scripted shows such as The Flash and Riverdale are about to come back on the air with new episodes.
Why do these disputes happen?
It’s simple — network conglomerates always value their packages to the highest possible dollar, while at the same time cable providers want to try and pinch pennies everywhere they can. They realize that high prices scare off customers so they’re always facing a double-edged sword. They have to pay for programming, but they also have to find a way to do this that doesn’t cause them to institute some sort of massive price hike at the same time.
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