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  • 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.

    Dish NetworkGannett 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:

    Atlanta
    WATL-TV
    WXIA-TV

    Maine
    WLBZ-TV
    WCSH-TV

    New York
    WGRZ-TV

    Ohio
    WKYC-TV

    South Carolina
    WLTX-TV

    Colorado
    KTVD-TV
    KUSA-TV

    Michigan
    WZZM-TV

    North Carolina
    WFMY-TV

    Florida
    WTLV-TV
    WJXX-TV
    WTSP-TV

    Tennessee
    WBIR-TV

    Arkansas
    KTHV-TV

    Georgia
    WMAZ-TV

    Minnesota
    KARE-TV

    Arizona
    KPNX-TV

    California
    KXTV-TV

    Missouri
    KSDK-TV

    Washington, D.C.
    WUSA-TV
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