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Dish Loses 4 Local Stations In Fee Fight

The companies are battling over carriage rights.

Dish today lost four local stations in four markets due to a fee fight with their owner, the Lockwood Broadcast Group.

The stations are: KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas; WHDF-TV, the CW affiliate in Florence, Alabama; WCWG-TV, the CW station in Lexington, North Carolina; and KTEN-TV, the NBC affiliate in Ada, Oklahoma (the station also offers feeds of ABC and the CW in the Ada area).

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The Lockwood-owned stations posted a notice at their web sites alerting Dish viewers of the blackout. The companies are battling over how much Dish should pay to carry Lockwood’s stations.

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“DISH Network and Lockwood Broadcasting, Inc..have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal of the agreement providing for carriage of (the stations)…on DISH Network’s satellite system,” the notice states. “As a result, (the stations are) no longer being carried by DISH. Our company is a small, family-owned broadcaster, one of the few still left in America.  DISH Network is a multi-billion dollar company that reported revenue of $3.6 billion in just the third quarter of 2017 We think you can see where this is going.”

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Lockwood also claimed it offered Dish an opportunity to keep the channels on the air while negotiations continued, but that the satcaster rejected the proposal.

At its web site,, which offers updates on channel disputes, the satcaster issued the following statement:

“We are currently experiencing a dispute with Lockwood Broadcasting and your programming is impacted by these negotiations. Lockwood Broadcasting is demanding an unreasonable rate increase, which is more than two times what we currently pay for their channels. DISH offered to match the rates paid by all other pay-TV providers; Lockwood Broadcasting refused this offer. The fact is, only Lockwood Broadcasting can choose to remove their content from DISH customers. DISH offered to extend the contract so viewers would not be impacted but Lockwood Broadcasting refused.”

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8 Comments on Dish Loses 4 Local Stations In Fee Fight

  1. I have reported that DISH is not showing Shop LC on channel 274. I noticed it not appearing yesterday on 4/18/18. I absolutely adore this channel. It is so much more than just jewelry. I am extremely disappointed that it has been removed. It must be brought back to DISH. Please work it out asap. Thank you.

  2. Lawrence lane // April 28, 2018 at 12:31 pm // Reply

    You just as well turn my dish off,if there is no fox channel

  3. Rachel Stahl // June 1, 2018 at 8:17 am // Reply

    I signed up for channels that you are not showing. That was in my contract. Tor broke my contract. I want the stations back.

  4. David Leitz // June 1, 2018 at 10:11 am // Reply

    If my Fox station is not available shortly I”am going to disconnect and go with an antenna. I’m sure my bill won”t reflect the loss of the fox station with a lower monthly bill.

  5. Recike Johnson // June 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm // Reply

    This was my reason for getting dish now you don’t have the channel I want if your not going to get those station back what the use of having this data lite

  6. gloria H Kirkland // June 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm // Reply

    when is ABC going to be available. I should not have to pay for a local channel if I am not getting it.

  7. Im not going to pay for Channels I can’t see if ya are not going to bring them back I Want my BILL reduced or I’ll close Dish ,& get some one else

  8. U. L. McNiel // July 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm // Reply

    You know it’s getting close to footall season to start.not along wi the fall new TV season to start and without the CBS channel i will be leaving DISH TV .

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