A blackout is an increasingly common negotiating tactic that channel owners use to force cable and satellite companies to pay unreasonable rate increases during contract renewals. TEGNA, Inc. owns WQAD ABC (Quad Cities); WOI ABC and KCWI CW (Des Moines); WZDX FOX/My Network TV (Huntsville); WHAS ABC (Louisville); WMAZ CBS and WMAZ-D2 CW (Macon); KARE…

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Dear Mediacom Customer, Each year, Mediacom routinely works to renew many of the agreements we have with the owners of the television stations we carry.  Almost all the negotiations take place behind the scenes, and customers are rarely aware that the negotiations are even happening. Much like your local gas station, Mediacom is the retail…

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Dish is now without at least 236 channels due to eight different carriage battles that span from last Wednesday to 25 months ago. The blacked-out channels include 212 local network affiliates, and 24 premium or regional sports networks. The oldest fight dates back to November 2018 when Dish, and its live streaming service, Sling TV,…

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DirecTV and Dish Network, the U.S.’s two major satellite TV providers, are both experiencing massive channel blackouts as distribution talks with broadcasters break down. AT&T’s linear video services – DirecTV, U-verse and AT&T TV – couldn’t reach a new agreement with Tegna and on Tuesday more than 60 local broadcast channels went dark for the…

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Fox’s stations and cable networks were blacked out Thursday on Dish Network in a dispute over retransmission consent and carriage fees. The blackout affects stations in 17 markets across 23 states and the District of Columbia. Subscribers to Dish and its Sling streaming services are also unable to receive Fox cable networks including FS1, FS2,…

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With five months left in the year, 2019 has already set the record for the highest number of television blackouts in history, according to new data from the American Television Alliance (ATVA). Why it matters: The programming blackouts are happening as a result of an increase in disputes between TV networks and their distributors —…

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A 15-year partnership dissolved late Saturday as the long-running deal between Altitude Sports and two of its major distributors, Comcast and DIRECTV, expired. Despite recent talks between the two sides, there was no deal in place as of Sunday. One person familiar with negotiations described the two sides as “not close.” Late last week Altitude…

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Dish Network subscribers in Southern California are without their Angels and Mike Trout fix because of a dispute over fees. The Englewood, Colo.-based satellite TV service announced Friday that it is no longer carrying Fox Sports West, Fox Sports San Diego, Prime Ticket and 19 other regional sports networks that were previously part of Rupert…

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CBS-owned stations went dark early Saturday for DirecTV, U-verse and DirecTV NOW customers after the network and AT&T didn’t reach a new agreement. The previous contract expired at 2 a.m. EDT Saturday and both CBS and AT&T warned customers of the possible outage earlier in the week. “CBS has put our customers into the middle of its negotiations…

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