Pact puts Super Bowl on for viewers
About 30,000 cable customers will be able to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl game at home after all.
Time Warner Cable and local Fox affiliate KAYU reached an agreement Friday that resolves a 14-month standoff over billing issues. As a result, Fox programming was restored to cable customers in the Coeur d’Alene-Post Falls; Moscow-Pullman; and Bonners Ferry-Libby, Mont. areas.
“Fox is already back on in Coeur d’Alene,” said Jody Veeder, Time Warner’s Northwest marketing manager.
“We’re pleased for the viewers’ sake that their programming has been restored,” said Jon Rand, KAYU’s general manager.
The two entities signed a five-year agreement, extending through Feb. 1, 2013.
While details weren’t released, it resolved the dispute that began when KAYU stopped allowing Time Warner to carry Fox programming free of charge.
Although KAYU broadcasts free over the airwaves, the station maintained that Time Warner should pay to include the Fox feed in the local cable lineup because Time Warner charges its customers.
Without a resolution, many local residents would have missed their second Super Bowl game in two years.
KAYU programming airs on Channel 3, with high-definition TV customers viewing it on Channel 703.
Veeder said that Turner Classic Movies, a fill-in channel during the dispute with KAYU, will continue on Channel 98 for 30 days. After that, the movie channel will be available on Time Warner’s digital lineup.