Our agreements with broadcast stations and cable programmers to carry their services routinely expire from time to time. We usually seek and are often able to negotiate renewals or extensions of such agreements. In most cases, programming services are discontinued only if we find it to be necessary, based on financial, technical or other considerations. As a result of market exclusivity provisions contained in the station’s network affiliation agreement, it will not be possible for us to renew our agreement for carriage of KIMT (CBS) to subscribers. We will cease carriage of the KIMT primary signal to subscribers, effective December 31, 2014. As this change is dictated by the contract between the station and the national network, it will not be possible for us to obtain the required consent to continue carriage. To replace the CBS programming carried by KIMT, we will carry KGAN, CBS, Cedar Rapids, IA, which is the CBS affiliate which has the “right” to provide CBS programming in our service area. Due to the timing of this situation, we are unable to include a new Digital TV or Analog channel line-up with this notice. Please go to our website, www.butler-bremer.com, and download a copy of the up-to-date Digital TV line-up the week of December 29th. [For Analog subscribers, KGAN will be carried on channel 2 so reprogramming your TV may be necessary.] We apologize for the timing of this notice but this situation materialized very late in the negotiations.
If you have any questions concerning this change in service, please contact us at 319-276-4458.