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No regional Packers broadcast for Time Warner customers as dispute continues

Aug. 17, 2013
 
Time Warner customers hoping to catch Saturday night's Packers-Rams preseason game will have to seek alternatives such as the over-the-air broadcast or a sports bar.
Time Warner customers hoping to catch Saturday night's Packers-Rams preseason game will have to seek alternatives such as the over-the-air broadcast or a sports bar. / Kyle Bursaw/Press Gazette Media

Many Green Bay Packers fans are worried about whether they will be able to watch the team in action Saturday night as a contract dispute between Journal Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable impacts the second consecutive preseason game.

WGBA, Channel 26, will be unavailable for Time Warner customers in the Green Bay area as the Packers visit the St. Louis Rams. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and no contract agreements between the two companies were reported Friday evening. The dispute also impacts WTMJ in the Milwaukee area.

Saturday night’s game will be aired live on a regional TV network that also includes WAOW in Wausau, WKOW in Madison, WQOW in Eau Claire, WXOW in La Crosse, WLUC in Escanaba, Mich., KQDS in Duluth, Minn., KLJB in Davenport, Iowa, KCWI in Des Moines, Iowa, and KFVE in Honolulu. Those stations are not affected by the Time Warner-Journal Broadcast tug-of-war.

Time Warner on Friday said its customers in Green Bay and Milwaukee can watch the game on WYTU (Telemundo) on channel 805/1027 (for HD), but the play-by-play will be in Spanish.

The game can also be viewed at local bars.

NBC26 can still be seen over the air with a high-definition digital antenna. It also is available on satellite and other cable systems.

Saturday’s game is set to re-air at 3 p.m. Sunday on the NFL Network.

The Packers’ first preseason game last week against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field also was not carried by Time Warner. The two companies have been in negotiations over a new retransmission contract, and WGBA in Green Bay has been off the cable system in Green Bay since late last month. The dispute also impacts WACY-TV, MyNew32.

Customers filed a class action suit against Time Warner last week in Milwaukee County seeking damages and other relief, according to NBC26.

The Packers’ third preseason game at home against the Seattle Seahawks is set to air Aug. 23 on CBS. That network is blacked out in several large markets — including Chicago and Los Angeles — due to similar talks with Time Warner over retransmission fees.

cedavis@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @pgcharlesdavis.

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