On March 12, 2012, Charter Communications will remove the Northland’s CW 2 (KDLH DT 2) and My 9/My 9 Sports Network (KBJR DT 2) from their Duluth/Superior service area.
CW 2 (cable channel 2) and My 9 (cable channel 9) are the premiere digital broadcast networks in the Northland carrying highly sought-after programming including UMD Bulldog hockey and football, regional high school athletics, local prime-time news plus popular programs such as Supernatural and Vampire Diaries.
Charter claims “high programming fees” have forced them to make this change and have ceased efforts to negotiate an agreement. The total cost to Charter for airing these two channels is a penny a day per subscriber—a total significantly less than any other broadcast network.
“Charter charges a lot of money for channels you don’t even want,” said David Jensch, Northland’s NewsCenter station manager. ”They are now deciding to drop channels with great local programming; the type of programs our viewers ask us to produce.”
Viewers who enjoy CW 2 and My 9 programming are encouraged to contact Charter at 1-888-GET-CHARTER and tell them a penny a day is not too much to pay for these channels.
Much of this programming is available via Dish Network and DirecTV and is always free, over-the-air with an antenna.