DISH and Hearst Television Have Reached a Deal

Good news!

We are pleased to announce that DISH and Hearst Television have reached a multi-year agreement and your channels have been restored.

Thank you for your patience as we worked to reach a fair deal. Thank you for being a DISH customer.

  • 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:

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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 To take action visit the American Television Alliance, and tell Congress to revisit outdated laws that govern this unfair process and allow channel owners to use disputes to extract unreasonably high fees.

 

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