DiamondNet News

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Important Cable Television Update on Retransmission Fees


Are you frustrated by rising cable prices? You are not the only one. DiamondNet’s goal is to keep costs as low as possible for you and the programs you enjoy on the air.

Sometimes, there are factors beyond our control that impact costs. One factor is broadcast TV fees, otherwise known as retransmission fees. Over the coming months, we will be negotiating fees with corporate broadcasters for the rights to carry broadcast signals from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.  We hope to reach fair agreements with these broadcasters that will allow our customers to access the TV programs we all have come to love and expect to watch on a weekly basis.    

These negotiations will be challenging for DiamondNet.  Broadcast TV fees are a growing source of income for corporate broadcasters. They are not members of our community, so they are not negatively impacted by the outcomes of these negotiations, as we will be. 

While it is too early to know how these negotiations will turn out, the staff of the City of Sallisaw and DiamondNet wants to make clear that we are focused on making sure our customers can watch local news, enjoy family night in front of the TV, and cheer on your favorite sports teams.

We know you have many choices for TV and video viewing, and we share your desire for the lowest price for quality TV programming. We will continue to keep you informed about these negotiations over the next few months.


City of Sallisaw

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