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Dish vs. Hearst: Day 19

I wanted to give you a quick update on the Dish-Hearst fee fight.

The update is basically that there is no update. The two sides are still pointing the finger of blame at each other and it appears that no solution is on the horizon.

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A California congresswoman (Rep. Anna Eshoo) late last week urged the companies to reach a deal, but of course, that’s what politicians do in these fights: Call for a solution without doing anything to prevent the fights in the first place such as reforming the retransmission law that enables local stations to pull their signals if their demands are not met.

I will continue to monitor this dispute and will report back here if anything significant changes.

Meanwhile, on day 19 of the fee fight, 33 Hearst-owned local stations are still in the dark on Dish.

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— Phillip Swann