Buckeye Broadband, formerly Buckeye CableSystem also known as The CableSystem until August 1996, is a cable company located in Toledo, Ohio, USA, which serves northwest Ohio and parts of southeast Michigan. Buckeye Broadband is a full-service cable company including TV, broadband and home telephone services.
It is owned by Block Communications which also owns The Blade and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers.
Buckeye Broadband also operates the cable system in Sandusky and Erie County in north central Ohio, which was formerly known as Erie County Cablevision.
Buckeye Broadband also has a regional sports network Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).
Video: Digital Cable TV, Video On Demand, Pay Per View, Whole Home DVR on up to 6 TVs, HD DTA converters (2 free per account) and over 100 HD options. Buckeye TV Everywhere: Cable TV customers watch streamed content from various cable TV programmers on Web enabled devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets and more.
Internet: Buckeye Express High-Speed Internet - Ranging from 3 mbps to 300 mbps; personalized data plans and unlimited data available
Phone: Buckeye Phone—3 Phone Plans Available—Digital home telephone service, using a hybrid VoIP
Buckeye Brainiacs: Technical and equipment support technicians for Buckeye Cablesytem customers.
On December 12, 2012 at 5 p.m. Fox affiliate WUPW (channel 36) was removed by Buckeye due to a carriage dispute between them and Raycom Media, which had taken over WUPW's operations through a local marketing agreement with Raycom Media's CBS affiliate WTOL (channel 11) earlier in the year, and an increase in retransmission consent fees.The two parties would take over a month to settle their issues, with WUPW returning to Buckeye on January 21, 2013.
Sinclair Broadcasting Group had purchased Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO-TV (channel 24) on November 25, 2013 via a merger with Barrington Broadcasting and immediately went into retransmission consent negotiations with Buckeye, on new terms which Buckeye was unable to agree to; Sinclair ended their consent to carry the station on December 15, 2013 for a long-term blackout of NBC programming in the Toledo market which was considered one of the longest ever of an over-the-air station in the cable industry, despite WNWO's long-known ratings struggles under previous ownerships.
WDIV-TV from Detroit remained available on Buckeye, but with all NBC programming blacked out due to WNWO asserting market exclusivity for NBC programming over the air. QVC was carried during WDIV timeslots with NBC programming, though NBC's on-demand service (which is negotiated separately by the network itself) remained available on Buckeye. However, Buckeye customers in Bedford Township were able to receive WDIV in the clear as Bedford is in the Detroit market.
In the meantime, CBET, the CBC Television station from nearby Windsor, Ontario, Canada was substituted on Buckeye to provide over-the-air coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs via CBC to their customers (Buckeye later "thanked" CBC with a television commercial, sung to the tune of the Canadian national anthem). Cable coverage of both properties on NBCU's cable properties such as NBCSN and CNBC was unaffected by the dispute, as NBCUniversal's carriage agreements for their cable networks were unrelated in whole to the WNWO dispute.
On July 14, 2014, the carriage dispute between Sinclair and Buckeye officially ended with the two parties coming up with a new two-year agreement. As a result of the agreement, Buckeye subscribers in the Toledo area began receiving the WNWO-TV signal once again. CBET, whose standard-definition channel was part of the Buckeye line-up prior to the dispute, had both versions remaining on the system, though relocated to different channel positions.