Court TV to Return to Dish Network

Feb 9, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Turner Broadcasting has made a deal with EchoStar Communications that returns Court TV to the Dish Network satellite TV lineup.

Court TV has been off Dish since Jan. 1 because of a dispute over how much EchoStar was willing to pay for the channel and which service tier it would appear on.

In their announcement, the companies said Court TV will be restored to channel 204 on Dish’s America’s Top 200 package.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, but “both parties are pleased with the financial terms of the agreement,” according to a Friday statement.

On Jan. 1, Turner said that EchoStar was unwilling to pay “the standard industry rate” for Court TV, whose ratings have grown over the past few years. Dish also wanted to change the tier on which Court TV was carried.

After that, EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen said that if a deal wasn’t reached by Feb. 1, Court TV would never return to Dish.

The dispute reduced Court TV’s distribution by 7.6 million homes to 77 million, according to February figures from Nielsen Media Research.

Earlier this week, another Time Warner unit was able to reach a deal with EchoStar. HBO and Cinemax renewed their carriage agreements and agreed to drop a $90 million suit against the satellite provider. Terms of that deal were not disclosed.

(Editor: Baumann)