Carriage dispute between Dish Network and Tegna means 64 stations dropped from satellite TV service
A dispute between satellite TV provider Dish and media company Tegna has resulted in the removal of TV stations in more than 50 U.S. markets.
Tegna had begun alerting Dish subscribers earlier in the week they could lose access to local stations at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday because the two companies could not reach a new carriage agreement for its station.
Headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, Tegna has 64 stations in 51 U.S. markets including Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Washington, Buffalo, New York and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dish said nearly 3 million customers in 53 markets – including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and other stations – were affected. The TV provider charged Tegna with "using customers as negotiation leverage, demanding a massive fee increase to nearly a billion dollars and holding viewers hostage during football season."
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Dish TV group president Brian Neylon said in a statement, "We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna rejected it, forcing the removal of its channels."
He charged the media company, in the statement, with "simply trying to exploit Dish customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their wallets.”
In its own statement, Tegna said, "Dish has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms we’ve used to reach deals with numerous other providers that reflect the current market. … We regret any inconvenience for any of our customers, and hope that DISH will come back to the table to get a deal done to return our valuable programming to their system.”
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