Time Warner Cable, Block Reach Retrans Pact


After five-plus days of service disruption in Louisville, Time Warner Cable and Block Communications have reached a retransmission-consent accord.
Following the expiration of a contract on May 31, the signals for WDRB (Fox affiliate, channel 41) and WMYO (MyNetwork TV, channel 59) were pulled. However, Block and Time Warner Cable reached a retransmission-consent pact, also pertaining to digital channels 41.1 (Antenna TV) and 58.2 (My Family TV), that restored the stations on Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The disconnect stemmed from a pricing dispute. Time Warner Cable has said that it offered to carry the two Louisville stations at the same price its predecessor cable company in the area, Insight Communications, paid for the channels, but was rebuffed by Block Communications' demand for higher prices.
Time Warner Cable issued this statement: "We are pleased to announce that Time Warner Cable has reached a long-term agreement with Block Communications, and we have returned WDRB and WMYO to our lineup in the Louisville market. We thank our customers for their patience, particularly our newest customers from Insight Communications. Time Warner Cable has made a long-term investment in the state of Kentucky, and we look forward to many years of strong partnership with our Louisville region customers and with the community."
In a story on the homepage of the station's website WDRB president and general manager Bill Lamb said: "I couldn't be happier to have this process completed," said Lamb. "I know the last several days have been trying for our viewers who are Insight subscribers, and we've shared their pain. It's good to know that - despite our differences - both sides were ultimately able to finally reach a fair resolution."
Lamb, in the article, pointed to local politicians for their role in the resolution.