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Old 11-04-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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November 4, 2010

To: All Verizon FiOS TV Customers

Fm: Patrick Gottsch

Re: RFD-TV Status on Verizon FiOS TV

Thank you for responding to RFD-TV’s message to FiOS TV viewers of this channel. Please know that we would not bother you if this was not very, very important.

Unfortunately, RFD-TV has a critical situation developing here with FiOS TV that needs to be brought to your attention. Today, Ben Grad, a program executive with Verizon FiOS TV notified RFD-TV that it was going to remove RFD-TV from the FiOS TV lineup “over the next two weeks”.

For the past several months, RFD-TV has been working hard with executives of FiOS TV to renew and extend the original Affiliation Agreement that expired earlier this year, which had been the basis for their carriage of RFD-TV during the past 2 years. Unlike most other channels who are asking for rate hikes from their carriers when renewing, RFD-TV DID NOT ASK FOR ANY RATE HIKE WHATSOEVER, and in fact, simply offered to extend our original agreement under the same terms and conditions. RFD-TV does receive a small, monthly subscriber fee from FiOS TV (a few cents each month), which is very similar to the amount received under other long-term agreements that RFD-TV has in place with our other distributors including DIRECTV, DISH Network, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, Suddenlink, Charter, Bresnan, Mediacom, and others.

FiOS TV instead has chosen to play “hard ball” with RFD-TV, and is trying to force unreasonable terms for extending carriage for five more years, including demanding a 70% rate reduction, carriage for the next year for free, plus FiOS TV wants to move and limit RFD-TV into their Ultimate or Prime packages only, which would force many of FiOS TV customers to have to pay nearly $20 extra each month just to get RFD-TV. Please note that RFD-TV even offered to lower its rate to FiOS TV if they would only put RFD-TV in their most penetrated Ultimate package so that every FiOS TV customer could receive RFD-TV at no additional charge. FiOS TV flatly rejected our generous offer, telling us again to take their terms or be removed from all their systems nationwide, which leads us to where we are today.

As an independent channel, it is difficult for RFD-TV to fight such unfair tactics, as we don’t have the leverage of a Fox, ESPN, or Discovery channel, which are owned by large media conglomerates and have the power of many channels being distributed by those carriers. RFD-TV has to depend on its audience to raise their voices and help convince companies like Verizon FiOS TV to carry this family-oriented channel. At this time, we ask that you do the following in order to help keep RFD-TV on FiOS TV:

1. Send an e-mail and call the key decision maker at Verizon FiOS TV on this matter and tell him your personal thoughts on this matter. Please copy Info@rfdtv.com with any e-mail sent.

E-mail - Benjamin.d.grad@verizon.com and also copy Terry.k.Denson@verizon.com

Ben Grad’s direct phone number is – (212) 406-2652.

2. Contact your local Verizon FiOS TV office and encourage them not to drop RFD-TV from their program lineup, and ask your friends and neighbors on FiOS TV to do the same.
3. Spread this information and suggestions to others through your personal options (Facebook, Twitter, e-mail lists, etc.) and ask them to join in this effort.

RFD-TV’s ratings continue to climb and now beat many of the other basic cable channels in both daytime and prime time periods. RFD-TV is the #1 cable network serving 50+ year-old viewers as a percentage of our audience, all of which is confirmed by Nielsen. RFD-TV is about to celebrate our 10th Anniversary on December 15, and we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the past decade.

FiOS TV claims that they do not believe that many of their customers watch RFD-TV, or will miss this rural channel if it was removed from their mostly urban and suburban systems. We hope that RFD-TV can get your help to prove them wrong, and turn FiOS TV’s executives’ attitude around on this ill-advised decision that they are about to make.

On behalf of everyone at RFD-TV, along with our 93 independent programmers, I thank you in advance for any support with Verizon FiOS TV that you and your friends/neighbors may provide for us at this time. We will keep you fully informed as more news becomes available during this crisis through another e-mail or scroll on RFD-TV.

Again, please copy me on any emails sent to Verizon so we can keep it for our records, which helps prove the passion of RFD-TV’s audience.

Sincerely,

Patrick Gottsch

Founder & President

RFD-TV/RFD HD/RURAL TV

Patrick@rfdtv.com

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Old 11-06-2010, 08:32 AM   #2
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What is RFD TV? I've had Fios for years and never saw it or heard of it...
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:34 PM   #3
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Same here. Never heard of it, won't miss it. If my bill goes down by $.02, so much the better.
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
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RFD is on ch 247

http://www.rfdtv.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFD-TV
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:47 AM   #5
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That explains it...not in my package, and not in HD. I watch next to nothing that's only in SD...
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:14 AM   #6
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RFD is a great channel if you are into the outdoors and enjoy the western way of life. Its actually one of the few channels that I miss from when I had direct tv. If you are more of a city person its probably a channel that you would never watch anyway.
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Old 11-07-2010, 05:42 PM   #7
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Wasn't knocking it...
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:29 PM   #8
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Never heard of it until now, but looks like it has some good outdoor channels and I like that stuff. That would suck if it gets taken off, now.
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November 12, 2010



To: Verizon FiOS TV Viewers

Re: RFD-TV Status Update

Fm: Patrick Gottsch



Folks,



In an effort to keep you informed, this letter is a brief update of RFD-TV's status with Verizon FiOS TV.



The letters and phone calls from Verizon FiOS TV customers to the executives at FiOS TV on behalf of RFD-TV is definitely having some positive effect. These wonderful letters of support are clearly showing the passion of the RFD-TV audience for this rural channel. I thank you so much for your support.



At this time, we have a scheduled conference call on Monday, November 15, with key FiOS TV programming executives. This may, or may not, be a chance for a breakthrough.



Please don't read too much into this update. We are probably far from settling this matter, however, RFD-TV does want to keep you as informed as possible. We will continue to send you an update if there is any real news to report - positive or negative.



Many of you are writing to ask what else can be done. I ask that you all just wait at this time and allow this Monday meeting to take place. Many of the thousands of letters have some great ideas to organize FiOS TV viewers if a Stage #2 is necessary. I can assure you that RFD-TV will not give up.



Again, thank you all for your support of RFD-TV. We will update you again soon.



Patrick Gottsch

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