Toledo Op Replaces Univision


Buckeye CableSystem in Toledo, Ohio, has put Fox Sports World Español on its analog lineup temporarily until it finds a permanent replacement for Univision, officials said last week.

Officials at the 130,000-subscriber cable operation are meeting with Spanish-language programmers this week in hopes of quickly finding a long-term replacement for Univision, which pulled its signal from the system Feb. 1.

Buckeye and Univision came to a standoff in a dispute over license fees. Univision had offered its service free to Buckeye for the past 10 years. Last year, it created a rate card and sought to impose license fees on Buckeye and other cable operators.

After Univision yanked its signal, there were pickets for a day outside Buckeye's headquarters protesting that the city no longer had a Spanish-language cable channel.

Buckeye officials said they were in talks with a several potential services to switch in for Univision, including Telemundo and TV Azteca.

"We are now going to be pursuing all of our options," Buckeye general manager David Huey said.

Just two days after Univision deactivated its signal, Buckeye began running Fox Sports World Español in its vacant channel slot. However, that is only a temporary move until the cable operator decides on a permanent replacement.

Fox Sports World Español is slated to be part of the digital tier Buckeye will launch this spring.