(WVVA) - Time-Warner Cable customers in Tazewell County are in danger of losing WVVA, the CW and NBC programming at the start of the new year.
Every cable and satellite service is required to have an agreement in place in order to carry a local television station on its system. Those agreements, referred to as "retransmission consent agreements," come to an end in most cases around the country on December 31, 2011. The current agreement between Time-Warner and WVVA NBC and CW is one that comes to an end at midnight on December 31, 2011. WVVA has been working hard to complete a new agreement with Time-Warner, but so far, we have been unsuccessful.
If we are unable to reach a new agreement with Time-Warner by midnight on December 31st, WVVA will not be available as of January 1, 2012 on the Time-Warner system serving Tazewell County. If Time-Warner chooses to drop WVVA, Tazewell County subscribers will no longer be able to watch NBC Network programming such as Today, Days of Our Lives, Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Tonight Show, America's Got Talent, The Biggest Loser, and all other primetime comedies, dramas and news programs, as well as no longer being able to watch popular syndicated programming such as Ellen, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and more. Eventually, major sporting events such as this season's Super Bowl and the Summer Olympics would not be available.
But most importantly, all local news programming -- WVVA News Today, News at Noon, 5, 6, 11 and WVVA News Weekend -- will no longer be available to Time-Warner's Tazewell County customers, depriving approximately 7,000 county residences of local news, weather and sports coverage they rely on daily, as well as putting them in danger of not being informed when important breaking news, weather alerts and school closings are announced.
WVVA has successfully reached an agreement with every other system in the Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill television market, including Suddenlink, DirecTV, DISH Network, Comcast and all other systems in this market. WVVA management believes it is taking the same fair and reasonable approach in the negotiations with Time-Warner that it took in completing the other agreements. Unfortunately, that same approach has not been acceptable to Time-Warner.
If you are a Time Warner customer and would like to voice your opinion on the potential loss of WVVA, you can contact Time Warner Customer Service at 1-866-874-2389.