Optimum, a brand of Altice USA, is dedicated to providing you, our customers, with an exceptional TV experience at a great value including access to a wide array of networks on our channel lineups.
Programmers in recent years have been demanding exorbitant rate increases from cable TV providers that would make it impossible for us to continue to offer TV packages at a great value. Unfortunately, programmers use the removal of their channels as a negotiation tactic to force us to accept their outrageous demands.
Over the last couple of years, programmers have demanded fee increases as high as 400 - 1,000%. Imagine a world where other costs jumped that high!
Over time, programmers have become more willing to blackout their programming from TV providers, putting their own viewers in the middle of a business dispute. According to ATVA, there have been 230 blackouts in 2019 thus far, breaking the previous mark of 213 in 2017.
No cable, telco, or satellite provider is immune to blackouts, so switching providers is not the answer.
Think it's a coincidence that channels tend to go dark right before a major TV premier or a sports event? Not at all! Many programmers are willing to use their marquee programming as leverage during disputes to put pressure on TV providers, but it also inflicts the most pain on the viewer.
The owners of local broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC are available over the air for free via an antenna. However, due to an outdated law called Retransmission Consent, they are allowed to charge TV providers like Optimum to carry their content. Does that sound fair?
Some programmers who own many different channels often require TV providers to carry ALL of their networks-so you're paying for channels you don't watch. Some programmers even require that TV providers, like Optimum, pay a fee for ALL their customers, instead of just those who want the network in their TV package. They also require that their networks are carried on certain tiers and to a certain percentage of customers. Ultimately, all this behavior limits choice and drives up costs.
Groups like the American Television Alliance (ATVA) are working hard to solve this problem. The ATVA website provides a variety of ways for consumers to reach out to the government to help enact change.Learn More
Tegna Ownership has removed their stations from select Optimum lineups because we wouldn't pay an exorbitant increase in programming fees, which affects your cable bill.
Thank you for your patience as we work hard to come to a fair agreement and get the stations back on the air.
Tegna Ownership has pulled the following stations from select Optimum lineups:
• WTIC (FOX) - Hartford, CT
• WCCT (CW) - Hartford, CT