Dish Network May Drop Some Local Channels at Midnight
With a looming deadline, WSJ reports
that Dish Network and Gannett Co are in last minute talks to settle a retransmission dispute by midnight this evening.
Gannett is owner of 22 nationwide local affiliates, and if an agreement were reached, it would avert a black out which could affect more than 2 million Dish Network subscribers in 19 cities.
Retransmission disputes are becoming more prevalent as pay-TV companies such as Dish and DirecTV
tangle with TV broadcasters over financial terms.
Gannett has voiced
its concern specifically over Dish Network's new "Hopper" DVR
, which has the ability to AutoHop (automatically skip) commercials for customers. A feature which Gannett is asking Dish to disable, as well as pay a 300 percent increase in fees.
The following local affiliates may be taken off-air if an agreement isn't reached by 10-8-12: