FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2011
WARREN, RI – After Full Channel TV, Inc. refused to increase cable costs for its subscribers in order to pay a 33% increase in retransmission fees to Entravision Communications Corporation for the use of WUNI Univision 27, Entravision denied Full Channel the right to broadcast their signal. As of February 18, 2011, Entravision has forced Full Channel to drop WUNI from its channel lineup.
Full Channel cites an unwillingness to charge their customers higher rates for broadcast network service as the reason they are unwilling to agree to the higher rates demanded by Entravision.
“Broadcast television is above all else a public resource,” said Linda Jane Maaia, Full Channel President and CEO. “It is unfortunate, and frankly disappointing, that Entravision would put the interest of their stockholders above those of the community. Our customers deserve better, and we will not allow our subscribers to be extorted by multibillion dollar broadcast groups that then boast to their investors about the massive increases in revenue they are seeing from retransmission fees in small markets like ours.”
Since 1992, the federal government has given television broadcasters like Entravision the right to grant or deny cable operators use of their signal. The negotiations between cable operators and broadcasters over the price of retransmission are conducted every three years, and often lead to higher fees paid by operators.
“Our customers want and deserve access to the Univision network,” Maaia continued, “and we will continue to work with Entravision to gain access to the signal. However, we simply refuse to allow our customers to be extorted – especially when cable customers in more urban markets do not experience the price increases that smaller markets like ours do.”
As Rhode Island’s only local, family-owned broadband provider, Full Channel is known for a strong community focus and affordable prices. The company is a full-service communications provider to Rhode Island’s East Bay: delivering cable, Internet and digital phone services to the communities of Barrington, Warren and Bristol.