Programming Negotiations

Programming Negotiations

Northland regularly negotiates with networks so that we may continue to offer their programming. As your local TV provider, we are on your side in the fight against excessive network fees, and we will continue to fight to protect you from these unreasonable fee increases.

We have designed this page as an information resource in regard to current and recent programming negotiations.

If you have additional questions, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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The Simple Truth

View the status of Northland's current contract negotiations with networks.

Current Negotiations

What customers can expect during the negotiation process.

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The Simple Truth About Programming Costs

Network Pricing

Many customers would prefer to pay for only the networks that they want to watch. This is something that cable TV providers would like to offer. Unfortunately, the powerful programmers have the upper hand in how we can package their networks.

Since just five multi-billion-dollar corporations control about 90% of existing TV Networks, they won't let you have their most-popular channels unless you pay for the less-popular ones too.

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Why won't we pay?

We offer hundreds of channels and if we agreed to pay each network what they asked, even if it was a small increase, it would have a significant impact on your monthly bill. Rate increases are inevitable, but we don't agree with placing an excessive burden on our customers for unreasonable network price increases.

Current Programming Negotiations

KHQ

Contract ends: 12/31/2019

Locations impacted: Moses Lake, Othello, and Ephrata, WA and Sandpoint, ID

Status: Contract negotiations underway.

Viacom

Contract ends: 9/30/2019

Status: Contract ended.

Frequently Asked Questions About Programming Negotiations

Here are some of the questions that we frequently receive about our negations with networks. Have a different question? Please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

Why won't you pay what they are asking?

We offer hundreds of channels and if we agreed to pay each network what they asked, even if it was a small increase, it would have a significant impact on your monthly bill. Rate increases are inevitable, but we don't agree with placing an excessive burden on our customers for unreasonable network price increases.

Will I lose channels?

Yes, if an agreement cannot be reached, it is possible that you will lose channels. Specific channels will vary based on the cable package you currently subscribe to and by the market in which you live.

Why am I losing channels?

Networks sought unreasonable rate hikes for programs and channels that are of little and declining interest to viewers. Based on the overall customer demand, current viewership, and increased cost of programming, we do not feel that it's in the best interest of our customers to continue offering these channels.

Are you going to lower my bill?

To offset the channels that are being removed, we are realigning our lineup on a market-by-market basis. We have selected popular networks from higher tiered cable subscriptions and moved them to lower tiered packages. Additionally, we will be adding more HD programming to our channel lineup. Please review your local lineup to see the channels available to you.

Local Channel Lineups

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Why do I have to pay for networks I never watch?

Just five multi-billion-dollar corporations own or control about 90% of existing TV Networks – both those you want, as well as many of those you don't. And they won't let you have the most-popular Networks unless you get the less-popular ones, too. In turn, if we ask for a price for just the most popular Networks, a common response from Network owners is to raise their price, effectively eliminating this option from consideration.

Why should I stay with Northland and not switch to another TV provider?

Networks want you to switch to get us to agree to their demands. But the fact is that all TV providers (whether Satellite, Cable or telephone providers) face the same problem, and it's the TV provider that is working to keep your bill low not the Network. So even if you switch TV providers now, chances are you will experience the same problem with another provider later on. Networks don't care about the cost, time and inconvenience that switching providers means for you, they get paid either way.

Where else can I see content from channels you do not carry?

There are a variety of options for finding shows from networks that Northland does not carry. The links below are provided for your convenience. Please note that programming may vary by platform and network and is subject to change. Pricing and products may also change. Please note that these options will require an Internet connection and use on cellular devices may incur data charges. For more information on adding Internet service from Northland, please visit our Internet Service page.

Network Websites

Network websites may offer direct access to selected programming at no charge. However, the most recent episodes are often not available right away. Additional content, behind-the-scenes, trailers, and clips may also be offered. Some networks require a TV subscription, in order to view full episodes. A lock symbol is usually used to indicate that authentication is required.

Hulu

For full access, Hulu offers two price points, $7.99 for limited commercials or $11.99 for no commercials.

  • A credit card is required for subscription.
  • Visit Hulu

    Netflix®

    Basic access starts at $7.99 per month for 1 user. Up to 4 users are allowed on one account for $11.99 per month.

  • A credit card is required for subscription.
  • Visit Netflix®

    Amazon® Instant Video

    Many movies and shows from previous seasons are available for free with an Amazon® Prime membership. Additionally, for current shows, Amazon® offers season passes or individual episodes available for purchase.

  • New episodes are typically available the next day.
  • A credit card or gift card is required for purchase.
  • Visit Amazon®

    iTunes®

    Past shows are available for purchase either on a per season or per episode basis. Current shows are available via season passes or individual episodes.

  • New episodes are typically available the next day.
  • A credit card or gift card is required for purchase.
  • Visit iTunes®

    Vudu®

    For current shows, Vudu® offers season passes or individual episodes available for purchase.

  • New episodes are typically available the next day.
  • A credit card or gift card is required for purchase.
  • Visit Vudu®

    YouTube

    Some episodes may be found on YouTube. Content is subject to copyrights and YouTube may remove programming if network takes notice and enforces copyright.

    Visit YouTube

    Google Play

    Google Play offers season passes or individual episodes available for purchase.

  • New episodes are typically available the next day.
  • A credit card or gift card is required for purchase.
  • Visit Google Play

    Sling Television

    Sling Television offers packaged live TV channels. The base package starts at $20 per month and add-on tiers are priced from $5-$15 per month each.

  • English and Spanish programming available.
  • A credit card or gift card is required for purchase.
  • Visit Sling Television

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