A message from DuJuan McCoy, founder and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, and owner of WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Customers of U-Verse and DirecTV, both owned by AT&T, are currently without WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23.
Since a deal was not reached by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31, our channels were pulled from the services.
I purchased WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23 in September 2019. It is my understanding that the previous owner received substantial fees from the satellite providers to rebroadcast these stations.
I also believe the satellite providers are trying to use their business size to intimidate me and my team.
They want us to provide our programming for free to them, while likely not providing any discounts to you. Yes, that is correct. They want us to provide our programming for free to them while they were seemingly eager to pay the previous owners significant fees.
I am sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you.
This is an unfair business practice, and in my opinion, blatant discrimination against small business owners like me. The only thing that changed in the equation was me: the owner.
Circle City Broadcasting has reached fair market agreements with every other cable operator in our viewing area.
It would be unfair to them for me to simply provide my content for free to AT&T/DirecTV.
It costs my company significant expenses to purchase the quality entertainment programming and the more than 77 hours of locally produced news and content that we bring to you weekly.
I am asking you to join me in supporting locally-owned and operated businesses like mine by taking a stand against big companies like AT&T/DirecTV and DISH Network satellite companies by canceling their service immediately.
If you are a DISH Network customer, you should have been refunded the fees for the programming on WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23, which you haven’t received for several months now.
If you are a DirecTV customer, you should demand repayment of fees immediately.
For assistance with 100% of your cash reimbursement, you should contact the Indiana State Attorney General’s Office to file your complaint at 1-800-382-5516 or CLICK HERE.
We’d also encourage you to call Rob Thun, Senior Vice President of Content & Programming for AT&T/DirecTV, at 310-964-5006 and tell him you want your locally-owned and operated WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23
CLICK HERE on how to receive our programming for free over the air.
Here are our programming partners who we have long term deals with:
- Charter/Spectrum/Time Warner
- Cinergy Metronet, Inc.
- Cable One, Inc.
- Central Indiana Communications
- Endeavor Communications
- TDS Telecommunications
- Enhanced Telecom
- Mulberry Cooperative Telephone
- Swayzee Telephone
- Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Services
- Community Fiber Solutions
- Oak Hill Cablevision
- Daviess-Martin Coop