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DISH customers across Augusta lost programming on Fox affiliate WFXG-TV 54 on Thursday as negotiations for a retransmission agreement have stalled between the satellite company and the channel’s parent company, Raycom Media.

Augusta is one of 36 markets where broadcast channels owned by Raycom Media have been blocked on DISH until the company agrees to pay a “massive price increase,” according to a statement released by DISH.

“DISH has offered to pay Raycom the same rates as our primary competitors; yet Raycom has stalled negotiations, refusing to accept that fair offer,” said DISH programming director Sruta Vootukuru.

Raycom is asking DISH to pay more than four times what the company does now, according to the statement.

Local DISH customers also are in danger of losing programming from ABC affiliate WJBF.

DISH released a statement June 27 warning viewers that the company was fighting a price hike with broadcaster Media General, which owns the broadcast channel. A 90-day extension was granted June 28 as the two companies continued negotiations.

Attempts to reach Raycom corporate representatives were not successful; however, a statement on the company’s Web site said it had been working with DISH for several months to resolve the issue.

“We understand that this is frustrating for DISH Network customers,” Raycom President and CEO Paul McTear said in the statement. “We share their frustration, and we are committed to doing everything we can do to resolve this issue.”

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ragingbull
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ragingbull 08/01/13 - 08:02 pm
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We do not have that problem

We do not have that problem with Directv

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/01/13 - 08:24 pm
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Just put up Digital Antenna

For a one time cost of under $50 and get both and others for free.

Connor Threlkeld
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Connor Threlkeld 08/01/13 - 09:11 pm
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Nocnoc, I ditched cable TV

Nocnoc, I ditched cable TV two months ago, and I get 15 channels over the air for free. It's great.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/01/13 - 09:53 pm
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I want so badly to ditch

I want so badly to ditch cable TV myself, but the problem is if you still want internet with fast speeds you're going to have to stay tied to one of the cable ripoff artists. If you get cable + internet from one you pay a much lower price for the internet, but if you JUST get internet from one of them you wind up paying as much for the internet as you would if you kept a TV package, too. My cable+internet bill is $90 before taxes for 2 HD boxes and a standard box, but if I get rid of the TV portion they'll charge me around $75 before taxes to keep the same internet service. I probably only watch 15 channels total out of the hundreds that I have to pay for just to get those 15 I actually watch.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/01/13 - 10:47 pm
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I think it's a good day when
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I think it's a good day when FOX is blocked....and just as good if MSNBC is blocked...and all the other trash that people are addicted to on that idiot box. And, believe me, my closest friends and relatives are among them.

john
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john 08/02/13 - 07:08 am
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palmetto

thats not fox news thats being blocked. sorry ;-)

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/02/13 - 07:40 am
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Thanks, John. I can sort of
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Thanks, John. I can sort of gather that now! As you can tell, I don't watch TV.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/13 - 07:49 am
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Our ComAcast monthly wallet robbery is

$169.00 (TV-Internet) We use Vonage VOIP for free International calling.

We do not have HBO, SHOWTIME, or CINEMAX type channels.

We have extended coverage up to around Ch.189, with lots manure channels and numerical gaps spread over the dial.

Out of this we watch maybe about 8-12 channels any given week and none of the special cooking, golfing, home gardening focus or L/G channels. But ComAcast has them spread around so you have to pay for a higher priced package to watch the 12 that you do.

If we could pick what we watch, it would be less than 20 channels. The rest are junk or filler channels.

I like the idea of a new proposed US congressional FCC bill.
It would allow satellite and cable TV customers to have an "A la carte" package instead of the pre-determined options given by providers.

It would allow us to eliminate the junk filler channels that less than 1/10 of 1% of the customers watch and ComAcast.

BTW: ARC charges ComaCast a tax called a franchise fee which we as customers pay. It is $4.95 a month or $59.40 a year. So maybe the ARC Commission can get ComAcast to open up another Full Service Office somewhere closer to the 40,000-50,000 users on the South Side.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/02/13 - 08:00 am
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I'm with Raging Bull

Tossed Comcast for DirecTV 6 years ago and haven't regretted it since. I get better service, fewer outages, and with the HD package and an HD movie package I'm under what others are paying Comcast!

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/02/13 - 09:14 am
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Not Just Dish Network -- DirecTV Too

Sorry RagingBull - it happens with all of the providers, even DirecTV. Last year, DirecTV had the same problem with Viacom, and they have a BUNCH MORE channels than Raycom. Raycom is little squat. Viacom has a whole gamut of channels, one of the biggest is Nickelodeon -- the mommies were furious !! I'm also a DirecTV subscriber, but the new DVR does not have a port for a digital antenna like the old one...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/02/13 - 09:14 am
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I'm "proud" to
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say that I'm getting royally screwed by comcast.

mdl1946
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mdl1946 08/02/13 - 11:43 am
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I ditched comcast

I ditched comcast after their digital conversion years ago when they started jerking me around on price and service . I went with dish network and have never regretted it. If I had comcast my bill would be way over $200.00 a month, with all the services I get from Dish.

mdl1946
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mdl1946 08/02/13 - 11:55 am
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FOX 54

The Fox 54 transmitter in beech island lowest power output and shortest antenna of all the local stations , they built it to be rebroadcast on all the tv services, they probably make more money off the rebroadcasters than selling commercials.

jasper1
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jasper1 08/02/13 - 11:59 am
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Cable/Dish

Get rid of all cable/dish/Direct TV, etc, they are all a rip off!!! Get Netflix, $8.00/month! Can't beat it!

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/02/13 - 12:14 pm
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@jasper1

And where do you propose one gets fast internet to deal with all that streaming? See my earlier post...

DSL speeds are nowhere near what cable speeds are, so if you plan on having multiple people in a household ever streaming things at once, DSL is not really an option.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/02/13 - 12:34 pm
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Netflix

I had Netflix, but when they split their services and started charging double I kicked them to the curb!! I also had a problem with the DVD's they would send that wouldn't play but never got a reply when I reported it or asked for credit.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 08/02/13 - 03:27 pm
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It only makes sense

It only makes sense to ditch subscriber services and go with over the air TV. It never made sense to me to pay for cable and still have to watch commercials.

A good antenna mounted in your attic or on the roof of your house will get you between 12 and 20 channels anywhere in the CSRA

I bought a $80 omnidirectional antenna from a local radio shack (even cheaper on amazon) and mounted it in my attic. All I had to do was slap a signal booster on the line and I get 20 channels including 3 from Columbia.

I also get a lot more done around the house when I don't have to make myself watch TV every night to justify the $150/month for it.

These websites can give you an idea of what channels can be received in your area:
http://antennaweb.org/
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 08/02/13 - 03:33 pm
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I got rid of Comcast after

I got rid of Comcast after they upgraded my package without my permission. The icing on the cake for me was when they sent my account to a collection agency. My equipment was turned in prior to the new bill posting and I had a zero balance. I was never notified me by email or regular mail. Long story short, collection agency notified me, I sent them a copy of my receipts and have not heard from them since. I will never fool with Comcast again.

allhans
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allhans 08/02/13 - 04:56 pm
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NOT just FOX54

The article states that ABC Channel 6 is in danger of being dropped also.

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