We Are Listening

At DISH we are tuned into our customers' desire to have the best TV experience at the best value. When channel disputes occur, DISH is acting as an advocate on your behalf to negotiate the best deal possible. DISH created this site to provide up-to-date information on the status of your programming and TV industry issues that lead to these disputes.

What's Happening with Your Local Stations

  • DISH pays your local channel owners to carry their channels. When these contracts expire, we negotiate a new agreement.
  • Airwaves are available for free to your local channel owner and they are allowed to sell advertising to generate revenue.
  • Unfortunately, disputes between pay-TV providers and channel owners are not uncommon. All pay-TV providers face disputes with channel owners.

To get specific information on your impacted local channels, please enter your ZIP code below:



Current Laws Do Not Protect You from Experiencing These Types of Disputes

Deliberate channel blackouts have become so frequent that both Congressional leaders and consumers want them ended once and for all. To take action visit the American Television Alliance, and tell Congress to revisit outdated laws that govern this unfair process and allow channel owners to use disputes to extract unreasonably high fees.


What Others Are Saying

  • Why DISH Network Is An Unsung Hero: TV Blackout Are Bad, But Price Hikes Are Worse

    It’s not often that you get the opportunity to call your cable company a “hero,” but this might be one of them: Dish Network is once again going to the mat with programmers over fee increases, and while its customers are complaining about yet another blackout for the satellite TV company, the ends may justify the means if you care about keeping your cable bill down. Read more »

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