No contract with WPXI the local NBC affiliate
PhD-Chemist
Enthusiast - Level 1

I got 2 emails early this morning about the lack of a contract with WPXI the local NBC affiliate and see that those several channels and sub channels have been blacked out. If Verizon can’t get a good price from the Pittsburgh affiliate, why not negotiate with a different affiliate or even just negotiate to get the network feed directly? I am more interested in the network content than the local content.

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PhD-Chemist
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Looks like they settled their differences. I got an email at 8:28 pm and the stations are back online. I assume the guide will be updated tomorrow.

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ds_8fall4
Enthusiast - Level 1

Verizon needs to compensate on bill while in negotiation. Why should the public that has this service be penalized by not having this channel (NBC) which is a station that I watch.  

denisemelch
Enthusiast - Level 1

Poor business practice. In this age when streaming is exploding as evidenced by Disney +, you would think Verizon would do whatever they can to provide excellent service. Hope they get a lot of backlash from this and hits them hard.

Disgruntled51
Enthusiast - Level 1

Outrageous.  I just changed from Comcast to Verizon to get the ACCnetwork and now I can't get all the shows I normally watch on NBC - Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, local news, sometimes local sports like Pitt or Steelers on WPXI and lots of old shows on METV.  How about cost of living has gone up for me and no wage increase so I 'll just deduct 20% of my monthly bill to account for cost and to partially mitigate shows I legitimately believed I could watch when I signed up.   A friend is just streaming shows with smart tv and some combination of Netflix  and Hulu.  Maybe it is time to think seriously about that.  Obviously Comcast and Verizon care nothing about their clients.  These guys are raking in the cash and probably pay lower taxes than their subscribers.  Time for change.

CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

This is common across all services (even the streaming services will get it at some point).

My local NBC station has a crawl that says they are in a fight with DirecTv over carriage fees.

Has anyone thought to post on either the local channel or their owner social media pages? They are just as much at fault as the service providers.

Integrity2
Enthusiast - Level 1

Without a choice to watch the NFL playoff game (after missing the Winter Classic and Rose Bowl), I decided to add their YYTV option. All the hassle to add and cancel an additional service just to keep a channel that I’m already paying for is bad enough. At the same time, they’re trying to upsell my service package. Utterly shameless.

gwan0000
Enthusiast - Level 2

1.  This dispute with Cox and blocking the NBC channel is absurd.   i pay 180 a month and a freely broadcasted channel is now blocked?  Send me an antenna and I'll stay or credit me the 30.00 for the antenna.  You advise customers to use a competitor to get a freely broadcasted channel which after 30 days is 50.00.   I'm baffled how that makes any logical business sense.   Last time i checked Google/ Alphabet owns YouTube.   Why not allow your customers their regular service till your negotiations are concluded?   

2.  New customers get cheaper pricing than a customer thats been with you guys for years.   

3.  I went through something similar a few months ago where FX networks was blocked till the negoitiations were concluded.   This COX/ NBC issue is the icing on the cake.             Please give me an incentive to stay with FIOS.   

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GameOver
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Draconian much?  Makes the decision to leave easier.  Thanks.

D-Deb
Newbie

I pay over $200/mth for the “privilege” of watching.  I’ve been holding off on dropping cable but this just may be the push I needed.  Get over your corporate greed and get an NBC affiliate now.

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PhD-Chemist
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Looks like they settled their differences. I got an email at 8:28 pm and the stations are back online. I assume the guide will be updated tomorrow.

Joeflaherty1
Enthusiast - Level 3

So I’m assuming those of us who were affected will get some sort of discount for the inconvenience. Missing the Winter Classic Hockey game alone  deserves that!

Still investigating alternatives for when my FIOS contract expires. 

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1973DONE
Newbie

They definitely did NOT get this issue resolved.  No idea where that information came from!!  😡

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
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You are responding to a year old post.

Has this station not been on FIOS for a year?

13692
Newbie

WHEN WILL THE NBC WPXI (FIOS CHANNEL 511) - PROGRAM GUIDE BE RE-INSTALLED?

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ff1690
Enthusiast - Level 2

Try a soft reboot, or just unplug your box and reboot that way. I rebooted my box and the guide was updated. All was fine after that. 

You can reboot from : Customer support/Top support tools/ Reboot Fios TV One

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