Dish Network customers lose Nexstar’s local TV stations in 115 markets over failed negotiations

Dish Network customers lose Nexstar’s local TV stations in 115 markets over failed negotiations

Dish Network customers have fewer channels as of tonight – in the interim.

At 7 p.m. Japanese Time on Wednesday, Nexstar’s local tv stations went darkish on Dish after contract negotiations between the businesses broke down.

Nexstar owns 164 local stations – together with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC Network affiliates – in 115 markets, masking about 63% of TV houses.

“We made a good supply to maintain Nexstar stations out there to our customers, however Nexstar rejected it,” mentioned Group President of Dish TV Brian Neylon in a press release.

For its half, Nexstar launched a press release saying Dish was refusing to achieve a brand new distribution settlement. A truth disputed by Neylon who continued to say Dish “supplied to increase the present contract and maintain subscribers innocent whereas negotiations proceed — as soon as at 11:53am MST and once more at 3:11pm MST — however Nexstar by no means responded.”

The contract between the 2 firms expired Dec. 2. Dish says Nexstar is asking for “over $1 billion in charges for stations which might be out there without cost over the air,” whereas Nexstar claims the opposite is proposing “charges which might be lower than honest market worth.”

AT&T and broadcaster Tegna additionally failed to achieve a brand new settlement Tuesday, leading to greater than 60 stations misplaced on DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and the AT&T TV streaming service.