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Click! Cable TV Customers Won't Have KOMO Beginning At Midnight

After negotiating for months, the utility says the Fisher Communications' rates are too high, and the two sides are still at an impasse. That means customers in Tacoma, University Place and other parts of Pierce County won't have Channel 4.

(Editor's note: I just got some bad news for Click! Cable TV customers. Read on)

After negotiating for months, Click! Cable TV and Fisher Communications have reached an impasse. Several stations, including KOMO TV, will not be available on Click! Cable TV, a publicly owned local cable provider, until it can reach an affordable agreement with the Seattle-based media giant.

“We have negotiated in good faith, but the increases they are asking for are not feasible for us or our customers,” said Click! Network Manager Tenzin Gyaltsen. “Fisher Communications saw significant revenue increases in 2012, yet it’s squeezing a small cable company by raising rates more than 200 percent in two years.”

Click! will continue to negotiate with Fisher Communications to try to achieve acceptable terms, in an effort to begin broadcasting the station again as soon as possible.

“This is a major inconvenience to our customers, and I’m sorry for that,” Gyaltsen said. “We need our customers to stick with us as we take a stand for their best interests.”

The following stations will not be available on Click!’s channel lineup at midnight:

  • KOMO, Channel 4
  • KOMO HD, Channel 504
  • KUNS, Channel 19
  • KUNS HD, Channel 519
  • This TV, Channel 173 (KOMO’s second digital channel)
  • MundoFox, Channel 90 (KUNS’s second digital channel)

Customers can watch many of the programs on these channels by streaming them on their computer, or can purchase a digital antenna to access the channels.

-Tacoma Public Utilities

Confused January 01, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Happy New Year Click! When do the latest rate increases kick in?
Confused January 01, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Happy New Year Click! When do the latest rate increases kick in?
Christie Anderson January 01, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Losing KOMO?....no great loss, that...or any other BIG 3 stations for that matter.
Dan January 02, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Unfortunately, a lot areas of UP can't get the locals very well with an arial antenna. For those that do...why even bother with cable? Your digital over the air HD is better than cable or satellite, and you'd be shocked at how many channels there are. Plus, and most importantly, it's FREE!
Frankly123 January 02, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Click! Network = Fail. First fail of the year, congrats Click! No specifics on what the increase translates into actuall dollars for we customers. Click! never asked my opinion. It's one channel. How much can that translate to? They only mention a 200% increase over the last two years. They say other channels have negotiated "fair" rate increases but again Click! doesn't give actual figures to lend relativity to the increases and "fairness". So, now that I don't have a major network station readily and easily available, what will be the monthly discount to my bill? I'm not receiving the channels in the package I'm signed up for, so again, what is my discount? How about some answers and specifics Click!
Hotaru January 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM
It looks to be a David vs Goliath tangle. To take it down , possibly way to simple, isn't Fisher & Comcast under Disney, anyway? Without treading on too many toes...I like Click -I have Click and back it completely. I smell a cable rat-somewhere, at probably one that hassles me every time I say I have Click and won't change to their mega values of the month. (yes at one time I did have them) I do hope the problem does get resolved, I like some shows on ABC. It's not Click's fail.
Musique January 08, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I threw away my TV years ago~no loss here. UPPatch is way more informative (wink)!
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Thanks Musique! :)
Marilyn January 08, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Will we be getting a discount for not receiving a channel we are paying for? Losing one of the three major channels is a pretty big deal.
Jon January 12, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I don't even have click but I have stopped watching komo/fisher stations because of this news. I have dish and an antenna. It's ridicules that komo would charge anything for a channel that is free over your antenna. Click has to invest money and time to receive komo and transport over their system plus they are contractually obligated to carry other fisher stations even if they have no interest in them. Then on top of it all fisher is increasing at an unreasonable rate and expect the cable companies to pass this on to their customers, with all the redundant local news who really needs komo that bad. I say get an antenna and help keep your cable bill low as possible
Jon January 12, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Have a read here http://www.americancable.org/issues/page/Retransmission_Consent
Rick Johnson January 15, 2013 at 07:03 AM
Always two sides to every argument. All i know is I still don't have a major network. Friday I'm going with Comcast. I will take as many other customers with me as I can . We're all done with the stalemate and small town politics.

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