Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group have found a way to avert a blackout, for now. Bloomberg reports that the two companies “agreed on a short-term retransmission contract extension, easing a standoff between the companies that threatens customer access to local TV channels.”
The report adds: “The companies will continue to negotiate a new agreement to replace the current accord, which was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. New York time on Saturday, Dish Network said in a statement Sunday. The broadcaster also asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to stay action on its complaint filed Saturday that Sinclair, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, violated good faith negotiation requirements.”
The statement from Dish quotes Warren Schlichting, a senior vice president of programming at Dish, saying: “We appreciate that we have mutually created time to try to find the right path to serve consumers.”
The extension averts a disruption in service for Dish subscribers that would involve 153 local channels in 79 markets nationwide, the report notes.