Looks like a booming business from Southern Nevada this week in signups for DIRECTV or DISH, stemming from a fee battle between Cox Communications’ cable service and Nexstar Broadcasting Group, owner of KLAS, Channel 8 in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to telecast the Super Bowl next Sunday in one of the biggest betting days of the year in the gambling mecca, notes Grumpy Editor.
Cox already has blanked out KLAS cable transmissions in a steamy corporate battle.
That leads to unexpected new business for satellite service providers DIRECTV and DISH.
At issue is the monthly fee per household that Cox pays Nexstar for Channel 8's content.
In pulling the signal from subscribers to the cable service, Cox accuses KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, of "demanding a significant fee increase."
KLAS management has advised Cox customers to cut the cable cord and sign up for satellite service, or use a high-definition TV antenna to get the station's signal over the air.
The station’s owners point out “Cox has had disputes with five other broadcast companies in the last two years” and “from the outset of negotiations five months ago, Nexstar offered rates to Cox that are comparable to those Nexstar receives from other cable companies.”
Meanwhile, Cox is running ads on other cable stations blaming KLAS for the impasse.
Overlooked in the Cox-Nexstar battle, Grumpy Editor finds Cox --- in a rate increase mode --- is springing higher charges on its Las Vegas area customers for its cable TV service (along with its high-speed Internet) starting Wednesday.
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