Verizon and Media General work out deal to keep WFLA-Ch. 8 on FIOS
Despite all the on-air text "crawls" and newscast stories about how it might vanish from the Verizon FIOS, WFLA-Ch. 8 will remain on the cable system following a deal announced today.
Neither side would disclose the terms, but such disagreements usually center on program providers wanting more dollars in fees to renew retransmission agreements. A few weeks ago, WFLA began letting viewers know it might vanish from the Tampa Bay area FIOS system if a deal wasn't struck by the current agreement's end, which comes at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
Verizon wouldn't even say how many homes might be affected by the change; now, they won't say if there was a monetary issue, how it was resolved or if WFLA viewers responded to the station's messages.
Expect more of these conflicts as companies which own groups of stations try wringing more dollars out of their agreements with cable providers. here's the statements from Verizon and Media General:
Verizon: "Verizon will consistently fight for the best deals for its customers. As of today, Verizon has reached an agreement with Media General that provides reasonable rates that are in the best interest of our customers. As a result, customers can continue to enjoy the content they expect."
And Media General:
WFLA-TV NBC/News Channel 8 and Verizon FIOS Reach New Retransmission Consent Agreement
TAMPA, Fla. – WFLA-TV/News Channel 8, a Media General NBC affiliate in Tampa, today announced that it has reached agreement on a new retransmission consent contract with Verizon FIOS, and that WFLA-TV and Me-TV will continue to be available on the Verizon FIOS system after 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 31, 2011. No terms were disclosed.
“We are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Verizon FiOS to continue carrying WFLA-TV and Me-TV. This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” said WFLA/News Channel 8 Interim General Manager John Cottingham. "Strong viewer support helped to demonstrate to Verizon the value of our two highly rated network affiliated stations, which feature increased local programming.”