Millions of Charter Communications Consumers in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Elsewhere Lose Signal
Broadcaster Blacks Out Consumers Despite Reaching Previous Deal
Washington, D.C. – The American Television Alliance (ATVA) today condemned Univision’s massive blackout of millions of Charter Communications consumers, including major Spanish language markets in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. Despite reaching a valid deal with Univision, the broadcaster has removed its programming from all Charter Communications customers.
“This is nothing more than a naked ploy for Univision to extract higher fees from consumers, and even more brazen since a contract is already in place,” said Trent Duffy, ATVA spokesman. “Like most broadcasters, Univision is a repeat offender, having previously blacked out six million households for U-verse customers in 2016. This trend of broadcaster-initiated blackouts will continue unless Congress and the FCC take action to protect consumers. The American Television Alliance demands that Univision end its blackout immediately.”
Los Angeles represents the largest market for both Charter and Univision, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Spanish-language broadcaster’s No. 1 station is KMEX-TV, which typically beats several of the English-language television stations in Los Angeles.