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UPDATE: Attention MediaCom Customers

By: Chris Mossman
By: Chris Mossman

WITN and MediaCom have reached an agreement and they will continue to carry us on all of their systems in eastern North Carolina.

UPDATE 12/18

WITN has reached an agreement with MediaCom and they will continue to carry WITN after January 1st, 2009.

ORIGINAL ENTRY

We're airing a  crawl on the bottom of your television screen stating that MediaCom customers may no longer be able to receive WITN via cable effective January 1st, 2009.  We’ve already heard from a number of concerned customers so I’m going to list some FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) below.

Q:  Why would MediaCom no longer carry WITN?

A:  WITN currently receives compensation from most of the cable systems and satellite providers that carry our signal.  We are in the process of negotiating new agreements to take effect on January 1st, 2009.  We believe that we’ll be able to reach agreement with most of our cable partners.  We do not yet have an agreement with MediaCom and our negotiating team is not optimistic that we’ll be able to reach an agreement prior to the deadline.

Q: What if I have a satellite service (Dish Network or DirecTV)?  Would this impact me?

A: No.  WITN’s parent company, Gray Television, has reached agreement with both Dish Network and DirecTV so satellite customers will be able to receive WITN after January 1st and after the digital transition on February 17th.  Please note that neither carrier is currently offering WITN outside of the Greenville-New Bern-Washington DMA.

Q: How about other cable companies?

A: We’re currently in negotiations with the other companies that carry WITN and we’re optimistic that we will be able to reach an agreement prior to the January 1st deadline.  Should anything change, we will notify viewers on WITN and on witn.com.

Q: What about your over-the-air signal?

A: WITN has invested millions to bring NBC in High Definition to viewers throughout eastern North Carolina.  Our signal is available at no charge if you have an antenna hooked up to your digital television or digital converter box.  We will be shutting down our analog transmitter shortly after the conversion date of February 17th.

Q: Your crawl advises MediaCom customers in Bertie, Martin, Washington and Tyrrell Counties that we may want to switch to satellite.  I live in Chowan County.  What about me?

A: Unfortunately Chowan County is considered to be part of the Norfolk market so the satellite companies currently are not willing to offer our signal to customers in Chowan County and other counties north and east of Chowan County.  Most of Chowan County should be able to pick up our WITN-DT signal with an antenna.  If you have specific antenna questions, Just Ask Mike.  Send him an e-mail at AskMike@witn.com

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