Suddenlink switches the channel for CBS
April 4, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.
Suddenlink subscribers were in for a surprise recently when they turned on Channel 5 looking for CBS programming.
Instead of CBS television shows, viewers found infomercials.
KXTS Channel 9, based in Victoria, is a new CBS affiliate in the Victoria area. In that role it exercised an option under Federal Communications Commission rules to ask Suddenlink to remove duplicated programming from the lineup from the CBS affiliate in San Antonio.
Suddenlink complied with FCC rules and KXTS' request, Gene Regan, director of corporate communications for Suddenlink, said.
The cable provider is no longer showing CBS programming on Channel 5.
Local news and other programming unique to Channel 5, and not duplicated on Channel 9, continue to air. However, all CBS programming is now on Channel 9.
Channel 9 began CBS programming in September. It made its non-duplication request to the FCC in January, and Suddenlink complied as required in March.
The cable company is now working with an outside vendor who maintains the program guide to more accurately reflect programming now running on Channels 5 and 9, Regan said.