Dish Subs Lose Tegna Stations in Retrans Fight

38 Markets in 33 States Affected

Dish Network subscribers are no longer receiving signals from stations owned by Tegna via satellite because of a retransmission consent rate dispute.

Dish said 38 markets in 33 states an the District of Columbia were affected. One station still on satellite was  WLTX-TV in Columbia, S.C., where an extension was granted so that residents could continue to receive information on flooding in the area.

The two sides pointed fingers at each other for causing the blackout.

“With Dish willing to grant an extension and a retroactive true-up on rates, Tegna had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving the channels up,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish senior VP of programming. “Instead, Tegna chose to turn its back on its public interest obligations and use innocent consumers as bargaining chips.”

“Tegna has worked hard over the course of months to reach a deal with Dish. Our position has been simple: the same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish," Tegna said in a statement.

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