Effective Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023, the SEC Alternate channel will no longer be available. This will impact all our Texas stations. In Alpine, channel 70; Fort Stockton, channel 57; and Seminole, channel 79. For our TDS TV+ customers, the SEC Alternate is on Channel 285.
Programming Change Notification
For TDS TV digital customers in Seminole, Texas, starting May 30, 2023, TDS will move the following channels from a West Coast time feed to an East Coast time feed. As a result, all programs on these channels will air three hours earlier than they currently do.
Please note: If you have scheduled recordings on your DVR that are set to record at some time on or after May 30, you will need to re-establish these recordings after this change.
For standard definition (SD) channels, it will impact: Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Disney, E!, Freeform, FX, Hallmark, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Travel Channel, truTV, and TV Land.
For high-definition (HD) channels it will impact: Bravo HDTV, E!, Hallmark Movies & Mystery, Travel, and truTV.
What happens if broadcast fee and negotiations fail?
Sometimes during negotiations, broadcast retransmission negotiations, local cable providers can’t come to an agreement with corporate broadcasters and/or networks. This happens when the broadcasters and/or networks are looking to maximize their income by asking for increased rates from local cable providers.
When disputes occur, popular networks or local channels are taken off the air to negotiate deals in their favor. In other words: channel blackouts. Channel blackouts can happen anywhere with any provider.
Rest assured, TDS does everything in its power to negotiate fair deals for our customers. We work hard to make content agreements that are in the best interest of your pocketbook, while also delivering you a great product.
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