Dish Restores Three Chambers Stations In Oregon

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Dish Network has reached a new programming agreement with Chambers Communications Corp., restoring three Oregon stations that had been missing from its lineup since mid-December.

With the agreement, ABC affiliates KEZI (channel 9) in Eugene, KDRV  (channel 12) in Medford, and KOHD (channel 9) in Bend are now available again on the No. 2 DBS operator.

Deal terms were not disclosed, but when Chambers pulled its stations at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 16, Dish officials indicated the station group was demanding a rate increase of 500% and "unreasonable contract terms."
"We are pleased we have reached a fair deal with Chambers Communications Corp., to bring back the ABC stations in Eugene, Medford and Bend, Ore., said Dish senior vice president of programming Dave Shull in a statement on Dec. 31. "Dish Network will continue to work hard to offer the best value in pay television."

Chambers officials could not be reached for comment by press time.

The Dish-Chambers deal follows retransmission-consent agreements reached by DirecTV and Hearst and Insight and Raycom Media.

Elsewhere, Dish faces Dec. 31 contract expiration with Comcast-owned E! and Style.