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FOX Television Stations is buying KBCB in Bellingham, Wash. from World Television and Venture Technologies Group for $10 million.

Tribune, which owns Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, recently issued a statement saying FOX told the station group it was going to pull the affiliation by January 17, 2015. No word has come from FOX about why it bought KBCB, though it does give it some strategic options.

In its statement, Tribune said, “we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station.”

In June, FOX got San Francisco Bay Area’s KTVU from Cox Media in a trade for WFXT in Boston and WHBQ in Memphis.

In 2013, FOX bought Charlotte CW and MyNetworkTV affiliate WJZY-WMYT making WJZY the FOX station in the market, after pulling the affiliation from WCCB.

Charlotte, the SF Bay Area and Seattle have NFL teams in the National Football Conference which FOX has a contract to air. Removing the middle man, in this case Tribune, can increase the amount of ad dollars FOX can earn by airing the games.

The only markets with NFC teams without a FOX owned station are Green Bay, New Orleans, St. Louis and Seattle.
 

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So what does this mean for Canadians? If I'm not mistaken the majority of Canadian providers use Q13 as their West Fox feed . So will providers now switch to the other Fox Affiliate the one SD uses out west?
 

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Waaaaaaaaaaaay to early to know any answers.

But the easy guess would be that they will switch over the same day that FOX moves to the O&O (Owned and Operated) KBCB.

The big kicker is that The NFC Final game is:
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 - 3pm ET on FOX.
 

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Not really, WTBS would simulcast TBS Superstation programming except for additional Braves game that only aired on WTBS plus some local programming to meet FCC requirements. TBS Superstation was never authorized in Canada, but the simulcast of WTBS got around this problem until Turner changed it's programming lineup. This is strictly an affiliation change which we have had in the past.
 

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Does that mean it'll be easier for people using OTA in Vancouver to get a Fox station now?
 

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Wall Street Journal, a division of News Crop, had claimed the reason FOX , another division of News Crop, is buying KBCB is to give pressure to Tribute on selling Q13 to FOX before January 17.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/eyeing-nfl-value-21st-century-fox-acquires-seattle-area-tv-station-1412714995

My 2 cents on KBCB is that it would become MundoFOX Bellingham-Seattle(Which is now on a sub-channel on KUNS) if FOX could get Q13 in the end. However, I will not be surprised if FOX want Q13 and JOEtv(the myTV affiliation also owned by Tribute in Seattle) and sell KBCB to someone else in the end.
 

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Fox Settles Seattle Standoff, Signs New 4-Year Deal With KCPQ.

After months of hardball negotiations, Tribune Media has reached a deal with Fox to extend the affiliation of its Seattle station KCPQ-TV, which Fox had been eyeing as part of its campaign to secure O&Os in key NFL markets.

Tribune said Friday that it has extended the affiliation deal through July 2018, (after Tribune agreed to pay more for Fox programs and sports). Last month, Fox formally notified Tribune that it intended to end the affiliation deal in January as it pressured Tribune to agree to a station swap deal that would have allowed Fox to claim KCPQ as its own.


In announcing the deal, Tribune said it had agreed to pay “additional programming fees to Fox for the prime time and sports content provided by the network.” That is in keeping with the steeper reverse compensation terms that each of the Big Four networks are seeking from affiliate stations. It’s unclear if Tribune will pay considerably more in the Seattle market that it does in reverse comp for its seven other Fox affiliate stations.
 
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