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"There are kids channels you're paying a lot of money for," says Barry Faber. "If you don't have children and you don't watch it, you're still paying for it. If you're not interested in FOX or CNN, their ratings are far lower than our broadcast stations that bring local news every day, you're still forced to pay for that."
In 2012, the largest chunk of your monthly tv bill went to ESPN. SNL Kagan is a company that tracks retransmission charges. It shows an average of $9.18 of every monthly cable and satellite bill went to the ESPN networks. Also topping the list, 3-Net. It's a group of 3D channels that cost each subscriber $1.29 a month. Another top paid channel, TNT, gets $1.18. The average local tv broadcaster gets just 33 cents. In some markets, local news is viewed by 3.5 times the number of people watching cable. Local broadcasters on average only get 7% of what cable networks receive. That's why Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns this station, is negotiating a new contract with DirecTV, which gives them the right to broadcast our signal.
If Sinclair and DirecTV can't reach a deal, our signal on DirecTV could go to black on March 1. In a statement, DirecTV says "Despite Sinclair's attempts to alarm everyone, our customers can rest assured no one is going to disrupt their programming. Sinclair has used the same tactics to frighten customers of every other major tv provider without actually taking down its stations." The reality is, without an agreement, the local programming on this station cannot be broadcast on DirecTV.
Making Strides with FOX17
Making a difference is easy to do...one step at a time. Join Kelly Sutton and the whole FOX17 team at the 20th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We have started the FOX17 Team page and invite you to walk with us so that more women in Middle Tennessee can celebrate more birthdays!
Every step and every penny makes a difference in fighting this disease, so if you can't walk with us, you can still help by donating. Making Strides events are a celebration of survival - an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.
Your reason for supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. More than likely, you've been affected by breast cancer in some way, and our Making Strides walk empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and raise funds and awareness to help end it forever.
Thank you from all of us at FOX17!