It seems like Time Warner San Antonio Cable, operator of the cable television system servicing Metro Louisville, is on the brink of dropping WDRB Channel 41 and its sister station WMYO Channel 58 from its system lineup, making itself a little lighter.
Thursday at Midnight is the definitive deadline for the national cable provider and the two stations (owned by a company known as Block Communications) to reach a new arrangement regarding local cable. Time Warner recently took over the Metro Louisville cable franchise, obtaining it from Insight Communications.
A spokeswoman for Timer Warner San Antonio named Mary Jo Green said in a statement that “Time Warner Cable has offered to continue carrying WDRB and WMYO at the same price paid previously by Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable purchased earlier this year.
“Block Communications, the owner of WDRB and WMYO has refused that offer and is demanding higher prices. We don’t think that’s fair to our customers and will continue to negotiate to keep prices down.”
The cable station WDRB posted a statement earlier on Wednesday to its website that the stations were in peril of being kicked off the local cable system. It claimed:
“Attention Time Warner -- formerly Insight Communications -- subscribers: Over the last months, WDRB and WMYO have attempted to reach a fair carriage agreement with Time Warner to continue carriage on their systems past May 31, 2012. We are not close.
“Therefore, there is a fair chance that both stations will be removed by Time Warner from the local lineup. We feel compelled to inform you about this so that you are fully aware and can prepare to find alternative ways to continue to receive WDRB and WMYO. “Both stations can be viewed with a digital antenna and a digital set. Viewers of Dish and DirecTV will not be affected."