Dish Customers Lose Media General Stations in Contract Dispute

Oct 2, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Media General’s 18 stations went dark on Dish Network’s system at midnight, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, Multichannel News reports.

The stations include WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla., and WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I. — both NBC stations.

"Our highly-rated television station is an important asset to our local community and it is unfortunate that Dish does not recognize our fair market value," WNCN-TV general manager Douglas Hamilton said in a statement. WNCN is in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and is also an NBC affiliate. “Although we have successfully completed agreements with other cable and satellite operators, Dish has refused to reach a similar agreement.”

Dish, in a statement, said that Media General "remains immovable in its demands."

The stations went dark after the two sides had already extended their negotiations by 90 days, following the expiration of their original retransmission agreement in June, the piece notes.

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  1. i am dissappointed that i can no longer recieve wspa on dish. you have taken all rights from alot of people. some eledery can not watch tv because they cannot use thier little black box to pick up their stations because they tend to forget how to operate it and that was the only thing that kept them in contact with the world. then we had to go to satilite or cable to get programs and sign a contract. then you come up with greed. its a shame our world is so greedy.if everyone would ban together and sue such buiness like you we would be better off .some peole cannot afford some of these prices. this is called price gouging. please do the rigt thing and be fair to dish as you have other networks thank you

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