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Click! Customers Could Be Without KOMO To Start The New Year

The television provider says it has yet to reach an agreement with Fisher Communications, owner and operator of KOMO (Ch.4) and KUNS (Ch. 19). It has to notify customers of the potential of not carrying either station starting Jan. 1.

(Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed a different deadline for a deal in the sub-heading than the rest of the story. It is, in fact, Jan. 1)

There's a very real possibility that Click! customers in University Place, Tacoma and other parts of Pierce County won't be able watch KOMO come Jan. 1.

The local television company is notifying customers that it's in negotiations with channel owner and operator Fisher Communications, and it's possible that customers won't have KOMO (Ch. 4) and KUNS (Ch. 19) come the new year.

“We will continue to work with Fisher Communications to reach an agreement,” said Click! Network Manager Tenzin Gyaltsen. “We have a responsibility to our customers to pay fair pricing for these stations, and right now, we’re not there.”

Fisher Communications is asking for a more than 200 percent increase in rates, Click! says, with no improvements to services or offerings.

Patch will have more on this story as it becomes available.

Jennifer Ordway December 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
KEEP IT! Most shows are available online the next day anyway (on their website).
Brent Champaco December 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
That is true, Jennifer.
Rob December 10, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Too many commercials to watch network TV. I say nobody will miss the channel.
Sum Dom Gui December 10, 2012 at 09:45 PM
The strange thing about this is KOMO transmits their signal in the air for anyone to pick up and they hope everyone does. Click does KOMO a favor by putting it on the cable making it convenient for KOMO customers to view it's programming on Click's cable. but KOMO wants to charge Click to carry it, that doesn't make sense. KOMO is greedy just like politicians and CEO's.
Hotaru January 02, 2013 at 01:34 AM
This may be a David against Goliath story here if investigated... Not sure exactly, but with ABC wanting Click to pay double, is that what Comcast and other satellite cable's have to pay as well??? I don't think other bigger cable services 'fancy' the "smaller" Click taking away business- they have always been the best, to my knowledge with customer service. People who are doing the stories on this- dig further...please.

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