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.”
Customers can still watch KOMO-TV since the station streams its newscasts live online at www.komonews.com.