Tegna stations removed from Dish TV
ENGLEWOOD, Col.– After Tegna and Dish were unable to secure a new distribution agreement, local stations owned by Tegna were removed from Dish TV programming on the evening of October 6.
The blackout affects 3 million Dish subscribers in 53 markets.
In a statement, Tegna spokesperson Anne Bentley said: “Dish has refused to enter into a fair and market-based deal with us based on the competitive terms we have used to make deals with many. other suppliers that reflect the current market. Although Dish is one of our smaller distributors, we regret any inconvenience to any of our customers and hope Dish will come back to the table to make a deal to get our valuable programming back to their system.
In a press release on the blackout, Dish complained that the two sides were unable to come to an agreement because Tegna called for a “massive fee increase to nearly $ 1 billion and held viewers hostage during football season. “
“We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna turned it down, forcing their channels to be removed,” said Brian Neylon, group president, Dish TV. “Tegna is looking to sell its stations to the highest bidder and is just trying to exploit Dish customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their portfolios.”
“Tegna demands that we pay 100% of our subscribers in their markets, whether those subscribers receive or want Tegna’s programming,” added Neylon. “As one of the largest owners of local stations in the country, they are more interested in increasing their bottom line by charging our customers more money than in providing programming to viewers on fair terms. ”
The blackout impacts viewers at various ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, MNT and TDO stations in 53 markets nationwide. For a complete list of the stations concerned, click on here.