Raycom Stations Go Dark on Dish in Retrans Disconnect

Stations in 36 Markets Went Black at Midnight on August 1

Raycom stations are dark for Dish Network subscribers in 36 markets, including Cleveland, Richmond and Tucson. The two sides could not come to terms on a new retransmission-consent agreement, and the signals went down as of midnight on August 1.

"We understand this is frustrating for Dish Network customers, we share their frustration, and we are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue," said Paul McTear, Raycom president and CEO, in a statement.

Raycom suggests affected viewers watch over the air or online.

Dish indicated it's ready to negotiate. "We are ready to listen to a fair proposal from Raycom to bring this impasse to a swift end," noted Sruta Vootukuru, Dish director of programming. "Unfortunately, the broadcaster has not been willing to pursue an agreement that would have avoided this disruption of service to our customers and Raycom viewers. Dish has offered to pay Raycom the same rates as our primary competitors; yet Raycom has stalled negotiations, refusing to accept that fair offer."