To our viewers who are DISH Network customers:
DISH Network and Northwest Broadcasting, the parent company of (station) have discontinued their business relationship as of 5 PM EST Monday, November 26, 2012.
Right up to the point of a breakdown in negotiations, our company expected it would reach a mutually satisfactory agreement for continued carriage of our stations. The negotiations had been going on for several months, with no disruption in service to DISH customers.
It takes two parties to have a disagreement, and you are likely to hear from DISH this is about some astronomical increase in rates. However, the terms requested by Northwest are almost identical to those agreed to by other providers.
The Northwest Broadcasting dispute with DIRECTV earlier this year involved some of the same issues. At the end of ten weeks of service disruption, the two parties found common ground and DIRECTV restored (station) to their line-up.
Our obligation as a broadcaster is to serve our communities with news and information, programming that is desired by the community and public service. The last thing our company wants is a disruption in that service through your subscription TV service of choice. In the past twelve months, our company has successfully completed 13 agreements with other operators.
Northwest Broadcasting, Inc. is small family owned company which has put its heart and soul into building TV stations that viewers like you will want to watch. Through good times and bad, we have remained accessible to our viewers. You will find that you can easily pick up the phone and speak to our General Managers in our local communities.
It is difficult for our small company to stand up to a $14 billion company like DISH, but if we do not, we will not be able to survive in this economic environment. We hope you understand our position and our pledge to you is that we will work industriously to resolve this conflict with DISH .
In the meantime, you may find it necessary to install an over-the-air antenna to continue receiving our news and information, NFL Football, college championship football, and great Fox Network programming. For help with installing an antenna, please refer to further instructions on our website.
Northwest Broadcasting, Inc.
FOX 40 - Binghamton, New York
FOX 28 - Spokane, Washington
FOX 26 - Medford, Oregon
FOX 11 - Pendleton, Oregon/Tri-Cities, Washington
FOX 41 - Yakima, Washington
What our viewers are saying:
It is my guess that DirecTV cannot charge a cancellation fee if they no longer provide what you signed up for. For what it is worth you get a better picture using your own antenna.
Having seen DirecTV threaten another Spokane station last Fall, and now you, it makes me glad I decided to go with Dish and not DirecTV. My wife and I enjoy much of your programming and would be disappointed if it weren't available.
I just wanted to let you know that as a customer of yours in the Binghamton Region, I respect the position you have taken on this issue. It was only a few weeks ago that Directv had a similar dispute with Viacomm - a dispute that resulted in the loss of some 12 channels for two weeks. This seems to be Directv's way of doing business. And in this particular case, for Directv to try and bully a local broadcasting station, it's simply reprehensible. So I applaud your refusal to give in to a bully, even if it does mean the loss of your great station. Keep up the fight!
Local stations shouldn't have to be pushed around, especially when DirecTV is paying other networks more money than our local channels who give back to our local communities more than we know. Does DirecTV do that?
...we have been pushed around for a long time by DirecTV and cable systems. They keep charging us more and more year after year with no justification. Now they see this chance as an opportunity to exploit a local channel to further justify their increased rates.
Continue to watch FOX 40:
Alternative Services to DIRECTV:
Over the air signal - To determine the proper antenna type click here
Time Warner - (888) 211-5802
Dish Network - (888) 926-5457
Adams (888) 222-0077
Beaver Valley - (570) 247-2512
DTC Cable - (800) 653-1507
Haefele - (800) 338-6330
Hancock Video - (607) 637-2568
MTC Cable - (845) 586-3311
Oquaga Lake - (607) 467-4942
Please call the service providers above to see if they are available in your area.