KSL-NBC, Salt Lake City, UT

We want to get KSL back into your local lineup as soon as possible. The station’s owner, Bonneville International, is demanding a significant fee increase just to allow you to keep KSL the same as before. The fact is that you can watch all of the same shows for free over the air on channel 5 and often via nbc.com or the NBC app.

Bonneville has disconnected many of its most loyal viewers here in Salt Lake City before. We appreciate your patience, and strive to deliver the content you want at a value that makes sense to you.

Why am I missing KSL from my channel line-up?

The station’s owner, Bonneville International, is demanding a significant fee increase just to allow you to keep KSL the same as before. Broadcasters like KSL were involved in approximately 165 blackouts in 2018, after setting an all-time high of more than 210 blackouts in over 120 cities the prior year, causing more than 21 million American homes at least some temporary disruption. There have already been 25 blackouts in the first few weeks of 2019 and more than 1,000 local blackouts this decade as stations continue to remove their signals from people’s homes in order to inflate their own fees for “free” TV. During that same time, these fees have increased more than 30 times over, even though primetime audiences for the major broadcast networks have fallen by more than half, according to independent Nielsen and SNL Kagan data. These fees will cost U.S. consumers $12.8 billion by 2023, up from $7.7 billion in 2016, according to SNL Kagan, representing a major 66% increase.

Am I going to miss Sunday’s NFC or AFC Championship Games or Super Bowl LIII?

No. KSL won’t televise any more NFL games this season. Sunday’s NFC Championship between the LA Rams and New Orleans Saints remains available on FOX and the AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs remains available on CBS. CBS is also televising Super Bowl LIII on Feb 3.

How soon will KSL return?

 We want to get KSL back into our customers’ local lineup as soon as possible. The station’s owner, Bonneville International, is demanding a significant fee increase just to allow them to keep KSL the same as before. You can watch all of the same shows for free over the air on channel 5 and often via nbc.com or the NBC app. We provide more than 1,800 local TV stations across the country, and strive to deliver the content our customers want at a value they can also support.

Can’t DIRECTV just offer me another NBC station while KSL remains unavailable?

It’s unfortunate, but no. Bonneville has exclusive control over which homes in Salt Lake City are allowed to receive NBC regardless of the individual provider you choose. Bonneville has also blocked local families who subscribe to DISH Network from receiving KSL. We want to prevent our Salt Lake City customers from enduring any extended Bonneville blackout and work toward a new agreement right now. We appreciate your patience.

Why shouldn’t I just switch to another provider that offers KSL?

 Service providers must work out agreements with local TV station owners like Bonneville to deliver the news, sports and entertainment you often care to watch. Stations will often create intentional blackouts – temporarily cutting off supply – to boost the fees providers must pay just to get that content back. Dust-ups tend to occur more frequently, and are not exclusive to DIRECTV. Bonneville has also blocked local families who subscribe to DISH Network from receiving KSL. Broadcasters like KSL were involved in approximately 165 blackouts in 2018, after setting an all-time high of more than 210 blackouts in over 120 cities the prior year, causing more than 21 million American homes at least some temporary disruption. There have already been 25 blackouts in the first few weeks of 2019 and more than 1,000 local blackouts this decade as stations continue to remove their signals from people’s homes in order to inflate their own fees for “free” TV. During that same time, these fees have increased more than 30 times over, even though primetime audiences for the major broadcast networks have fallen by more than half, say WFMJ TV analysts Nielsen and SNL Kagan. These fees will cost U.S. consumers $12.8 billion by 2023, up from $7.7 billion in 2016, according to SNL Kagan, representing a major 66% increase.

How can I still see my favorite NBC series or events?

Many homes in Salt Lake City can receive KSL by turning off their DIRECTV receiver and tuning their digital TV to channel 5. Station owners like Bonneville will often give away digital antennas to boost viewers’ reception, so you may want to contact KSL about that. NBC often streams primetime series online at nbc.com or to fans using the NBC app. NBC Sports often streams major events live at nbcsports.com or to fans using the NBC Sports app. Please check online for availability in Salt Lake City. These are only a few short-term alternatives, but we’re working with Bonneville to get KSL back as soon as we can.

Will I be able to receive KSL’s over the air digital signals inside my home?

Bonneville must deliver strong digital signals across the whole community, so many homes in Salt Lake City should be able to turn off their DIRECTV receiver and tune their TV sets to channel 5. You can boost your reception with an inexpensive tabletop antenna available at most local electronics stores or also online. Mountains and other natural obstructions can sometimes come between your home and wherever Bonneville chose to locate its transmitters, making reception more difficult.