Updated January 23, 2020
JUCE TV (channel 95 in Unalaska) will change its name to Positiv TV on Sunday, January 26.
Updated January 1, 2020
Two broadcasters have discontinued their cable TV channels: BlazeTV and Music Choice Play (channel 800 only) ceased broadcasting on January 1st.
Updated on January 1st: An agreement has been reached to keep Fox programming on Eyecom’s line-up in Unalaska. Thank you.
December 31, 2019
Eyecom Cable customers in Unalaska may lose Fox News and Fox Sports at 8pm Alaska time tonight. Fox News is popular, but an 800% increase in cost since 2004 is unfair to Eyecom customers, who ultimately pay the cost. The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is in negotiations with Fox on Eyecom’s behalf. Our goal is to protect our customers from significant programming fee increases. We will continue to post updates as they become available.
Please visit www.tvonmyside.com for more information.
Updated December 6, 2019
This week Eyecom launched four new channels in Unalaska: BET (channel 158), Sony Movie Channel (channel 176), HDNET Movies (channel 177) and AXS (channel 185). Please be advised that some movie channels feature mature content; Eyecom encourages customers to utilize the parental control features on their set top box by visiting the quick menu setting if they have any concerns.
Additionally, we are launching six channels of STARZ, which will be located on channels 419 through 424. STARZ programming requires a subscription for $9.95 per month. Please call us at 800-478-3127 to add STARZ to your line-up.
Thank you to our Unalaska customers for their patience while we worked through these programming changes.
Updated October 15, 2019
Due to a satellite that has reached the end of its lifespan, Eyecom Cable will be losing several channels before the end of the year. Game Show Network is no longer available in Unalaska and Hallmark programming in both Unalaska and Galena will depart our line-ups this week. Unalaska will be losing four additional channels on December 1st: Crime & Investigation, Lifetime Real Women, History en Espanol and Military History.
Unfortunately, as these networks have moved off of the aging satellite they have relocated to satellites Eyecom is unable to see. We very much regret channel losses such as these for reasons beyond our control. Eyecom is finalizing new programming options and evaluating picture and voice quality. We will post an update as soon as more information is available. Thank you for your understanding as we work to provide Eyecom customers with the best programming that is currently available.
Updated September 1, 2019
Game Show Network (GSN) has moved to a satellite that Eyecom is unable to see from Unalaska. We’re looking into possible replacements for GSN and will provide an update here at a later date.
Updated August 2, 2019
Eyecom Cable is pleased to announce that Fox News has returned to the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor line-up. A Wealth of Entertainment has moved to channel 102. Fox News is now airing on channel 104.
NFL RedZone is now available for the 2019 season! Add NFL RedZone to your Unalaska line-up for just $59.95 for the entire season. To subscribe, give us a call at 581-1399. More information on NFL RedZone programming is available at: http://www.nfl.com/redzone
Updated April 29, 2019
Discovery en Espanol has moved to a satellite that Eyecom is unable to see from Unalaska. On April 30, Eyecom will replace Discovery en Espanol with History en Espanol, which will also air on channel 142.
Updated December 18, 2018
Eyecom is pleased to announce new programming in the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor line-up. C-Span, C-Span 2 and C-Span 3 now appear on channels 91-93. The Blaze is now airing on channel 106 and Revolt is now available on channel 184. We hope you enjoy the new programming!
Updated November 16, 2018
Eyecom has launched new programming to replace the channels that were moved to a satellite that is not visible from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Fox Business Network now appears on channel 105, where Fox News Channel was previously. Fox Sports 2 has replaced Fox Deportes on channel 123. We very much regret the loss of these two channels and we appreciate your understanding. Thank you.
November 13, 2018
While investigating the sudden loss of Fox News Channel and Fox Deportes yesterday, we discovered that both channels were moved to a different satellite without any advanced notice to Eyecom. Unfortunately, that satellite is not one that is visible from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. Just prior to this discovery, Eyecom had prepared the notice below to customers regarding the upcoming loss of the Viacom programming. We are now looking into replacement options for the two Fox channels and we will post an update here once we have information to share. We apologize for this loss in programming and for the fact that the lack of notification from the network resulted in the loss of two channels before replacements could be identified and added to the line-up.
Dear Eyecom Customer,
Eyecom Cable is contacting you regarding some upcoming changes to your cable television line-up and to share the new rates for 2019.
Eyecom recently received news from Viacom that they will soon be moving their programming to a new satellite. Unfortunately, the satellite they have selected is not one that is visible from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. The following channels will no longer be available on your line-up beginning November 19, 2018:
Comedy Central – CMT – Nickelodeon – MTV – Paramount Network – TV Land – VH1
Eyecom has been reviewing programming opportunities and evaluating picture and voice quality in an attempt to provide you with the best programming that is available. We will be adding the following 23 channels to your line-up on November 19th:
Crime & Investigation
Game Show Network (GSN)
Lifetime Real Women
Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)
We very much regret losses of such popular programming for reasons beyond our control and we will continue to research new opportunities. While there is no perfect substitute available, we have done our best to acquire channels that will broaden viewing options for our customers. In order to keep sister channels together in the line-up, Eyecom has moved some networks to different channels. Please see your on-screen channel guide for the complete line-up.
Eyecom had planned a rate increase for the basic cable networks in 2019. Due to the loss of the Viacom programming, along with more favorable pricing for the new channels, there will be no change in the basic cable portion of your bill. Unfortunately, the Anchorage Channels Pass-Through Charge, which covers what Eyecom must pay ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to provide their programming to our customers, will increase by $4 in January. (See more in the sidebar about fees for local broadcast stations.)
We hope that you’ll agree that even with this adjustment to your line-up, cable television remains an excellent source of entertainment and education. We appreciate your business and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please call or email us if we can assist you in any way.
TelAlaska Customer Service
Additional Information Regarding Fees from Local Broadcast Stations
The fees for the Anchorage stations, which cable companies refer to as “retransmission consent fees”, has continued to increase each year. With advertising revenues declining, broadcasters are trying to find ways to get consumers to pay more for these “over-the-air” channels, which have traditionally been available for free over the public airways. In 2006, retransmission fees were only 6¢ of the average cable customer’s bill per month. In 2019, Eyecom’s pass-through charge for this programming will be $15.35.
Cable television companies regularly must negotiate new rates for these stations and if an agreement is not reached, customers face a blackout of that channel until it’s resolved. An effort is underway to encourage the FCC to reform outdated rules concerning retransmission consent. Consumers are encouraged to contact the FCC with their concerns about increasing cable television bills and potential blackouts. More information and a link for contacting the FCC is available at: www.americantelevisionalliance.org