Click Network subscribers will be without KOMO and five other Fisher Broadcasting stations for at least a little while longer.
Click spokeswoman Diane Lachel said late Wednesday that the two sides were still at an impasse over the fee Fisher charges Click to air the six stations: KOMO, KOMO HD, KUNS, KUNS HD, This TV and MundoFox.
“Both parties are still engaged but there has been no progress as of today,” Lachel said.
As we reported Tuesday, those channels disappeared from the Click lineup the moment the New Year arrived. Click officials had said they offered Fisher a 6 percent increase for 2013, but it wasn’t enough to reach agreement.
Lachel said she remains hopeful that the loss of KOMO and other Fisher stations will be brief. She said Click, a publicly owned subsidiary of Tacoma Power, has never permanently lost a channel over failed negotiations in its 15-year history.
Click will credit subscribers’ accounts for the loss of service. The credit, which is still being calculated, will be dependent on several factors, including how long the stations are unavailable and what share of a subscriber’s package they represent.
Lachel said that Click has had “numerous” calls about the interruption of service, with about 90 percent being supportive of Click’s position. No one had canceled their cable service over the issue as of Wednesday afternoon.
Click customers can work around the outage two ways: By streaming KOMO’s ABC programming online, or viewing shows a day after they air in Click’s on demand service, which is fed by a separate provider and is not affected by the negotiations with Fisher.