Local TV stations charge us a monthly fee per customer to carry their stations. These stations are allowed to blackout their channel if we don’t agree to pay them increasingly higher fees.
We negotiate dozens of network agreements each year, the majority of which you never hear about. When public disputes or blackouts happen, it’s because we wouldn’t agree to the network’s demands.
When disputes happen, we know it can be frustrating but know that we’re always fighting on behalf of our customers. We are committed to keeping you connected to what you care about most while providing the most value from all of our services.
1MM customers across the country lost their signals after Tegna blacked them out when Verizon wouldn’t agree to their demands for a “significant rate increase”.
Tegna once again blacked out 46 stations when DISH wouldn’t agree to rates that were double what customers were currently paying.
FOX blacked out many cable networks and 17 stations. FOX is demanding big rate increases and DISH offered an extension but was turned down. “FOX had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving its channels up,” DISH said. “Instead, FOX chose to harm its viewers.”
When DISH wouldn’t cave in to Tegna’s demands for rate increases that were twice what they were currently paying, Tegna pulled their signals to 46 stations from viewers.
Multiple FOX RSNs were pulled from DISH customers nationwide for over 2 months when DISH wouldn’t accept the, “unreasonable demands for the continued carriage of their stations.”
Altice/Optimum convinced FOX to keep their networks on while they continued negotiating but FOX pulled them for a short time to pressure them into an agreement.
AT&T and DIRECTV customers in 14 markets lost their CBS and The CW signals for 20 days. AT&T referred to CBS as a “repeat blackout offender” who regularly threatens to remove signals to get higher fees.
Meredith pulled 17 popular stations for over 2 months, even after DISH offered to keep the channels up while they reached a deal.
Nexstar blacked out 120 stations from AT&T and DIRECTV for 8 weeks because AT&T wouldn’t agree to their demands for, “… the largest increase that AT&T has ever seen from any content provider.”