Dish Network and Tegna dispute remove 64 TV channels from satellite service
A dispute between satellite TV provider Dish and media company Tegna has resulted in TV channels being cut in more than 50 U.S. markets from pay-TV service.
Tegna had started alerting Dish subscribers earlier in the week that they could lose access to local stations at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday because the two companies couldn’t get a new distribution deal for her station.
Based in Tysons Corner, Va., Tegna has 64 stations in 51 U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Washington, Buffalo, NY and Knoxville, Tenn.
Dish said nearly 3 million customers in 53 markets – including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and other stations – have been affected. The TV provider accused Tegna of “using customers as negotiating leverage, demanding a massive fee hike to nearly $ 1 billion and holding viewers hostage during football season.”
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Tegna has received several takeover offers, Bloomberg reported two weeks ago, and the media company said it would review them.
Dish TV Group Chairman Brian Neylon said in a statement: “We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna rejected it, forcing its channels to be removed.”
He accused the media company, in the statement, of “simply trying to exploit Dish customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their wallets.”
In her own statement, Tegna said, “Dish has refused to enter into a fair and market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms that we have used to enter into agreements with many other vendors that reflect the current market. … We regret any inconvenience. for one of our customers, and hopefully DISH will come back to the table to make a deal to get our precious programming back to their system.
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