Checking Status of the Tribune Fair Deal Negotiations
- Viewers can cut to the chase and find out what channels are unavailable
- The site provides a variety of information (from Spectrum’s point of view)
- Spectrum provides customers with contact information for Tribune
When entering into a negotiation, a fair deal is the most reasonable expectation. However, sometimes it takes a while to get there. For instance, Spectrum and Tribune Media have been at odds on what the former should be pay for the latter’s content much longer than most customers would like. Fortunately, Spectrum has provided the Tribune Fair Deal portal that customers can use to stay on top of what’s going on with their missing channels (similar to the Keep Viacom page from a couple of years back). In order to find out what channels are missing, the customer must use the drop down menu located in the middle of the page.
Time out! Why is there a problem in the first place??
- Spectrum claims that Tribune is demanding a pay increase of more than 50%
- Tribune’s demand is over 10 times the rate of inflation (according to Spectrum)
- Spectrum states Tribune is trying to make customers pay for the seldom-watched WGN
- Tribune has declined an offer made by Spectrum that accounts for inflation
Once the customer enters a state and region, the Tribune Fair Deal portal will display a complete list of all the channels that are missing. In addition to the missing channel, customers will also receive contact information for each station (it appears Spectrum doesn’t mind folks calling it’s negotiation opponent to see what’s going on). Further, the system also provides viewers with available alternative viewing options (which is most of the time marked as “none”).
Options While Waiting Out the Spectrum-Tribune Fair Deal Negotiations
- Grab an Antenna – They’re cheap and can be used to bring in the missing channels
- Take to the Web – The internet provides many ways of watching the content for free
- Go Cold Turkey – Is the content provided on these channels worth getting upset over?
- Move – Maybe distant relatives with another provider can take you in until it’s all over
Viewers who want to send an email to Tribune can do so by using the pre-populated message at the bottom of the portal (it seems Spectrum wants to make it as easy as possible!). Meanwhile, those who want to give Tribune a peace of their mind by phone can do so by calling 312-222-9100.
Wait, how do I contact Spectrum??
Have a Spectrum bill to pay?
- Use the Spectrum Pay Now Portal