IRVING, Tx. (NEXSTAR) — On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., DISH Network removed Nexstar-owned stations from its programming lineup.
DISH is refusing to reach a new distribution agreement allowing the satellite television behemoth the right to continue airing Nexstar’s highly-rated programming.
DISH also removed Nextar’s cable network, WGN America, from its system, denying subscribers access to the U.S.’s only live prime-time national newscast, NewsNation, resulting in millions of Americans across the country have lost local news, traffic, weather, sports, and entertainment programming as well as critical, up-to-date news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the actions of DISH Network, Dish subscribers from across the country, including in the Roanoke-Lynchburg TV market, have lost access to thousands of hours of vitally important local news, just as the country prepares for an explosion in new coronavirus cases and a new President prepares to take office.
Additionally, as a result of DISH’s actions, DISH subscribers will not be able to view the NFL and college football games scheduled for this weekend, and all of the entertainment programming provided by Nexstar’s network partners, FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, The CW and MyNet.
Viewers in Nexstar markets are being urged to ask DISH for refunds for the loss of this highly-rated valuable programming.
Since July, Nexstar has been negotiating tirelessly and in good faith in an attempt to reach a mutually agreeable multi-year contract with DISH, offering DISH the same fair market rates it offered to other large distribution partners with whom it completed successful negotiations in 2019 and 2020.
Nexstar routinely reaches amicable retransmission and carriage agreements with its cable, satellite and telco partners and in the month of October alone, successfully completed agreements with nearly 200 distribution partners.
Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached quickly to return viewers to their favorite network programming, in-depth local news, and other content relevant to their communities, and critical emergency updates for which DISH is charging subscribers.
Consumers and viewers affected by DISH Network’s proposed blackout can contact DISH Network directly at 9601 South Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO 80112 as well as by phone at (800) 333-3474 or (303) 723-1000.
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