Dish vs. Mission Broadcasting: When Will It End?


Q. I lost my Fox station on Dish because the owner and Dish can’t get their act together and sign a new deal. Or something like that. Do you know when this silly argument will end? Will it be just a few days? When will get my Fox station back? — Clara, Little Rock. 

Clara, Dish last Friday night lost around 20 Mission Broadcasting-owned local stations in 18 markets due to a fee fight between the companies. The cities affected include Little Rock (Fox), Amarillo (Fox), Lubbock (ABC) and Abilene, Texas (NBC), among others.

Mission claims that it offered Dish an extension in their old pact, but that the satcaster rejected it and pulled its signals. Dish, of course, disputes that by saying Mission pulled the stations after Dish refused to pay what it regards as an excessive carriage fee.

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It’s usually impossible to determine what the truth is in these carriage disputes, and this one is no different. But what is clear is that the companies seem to be far apart.

In fact, I fear that this blackout could last for months rather than days.

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Dish has a history of playing hardball in these negotiations, particularly with a smaller broadcaster like Mission whose audience is relatively small. The satcaster simply doesn’t believe many subscribers will drop their service because of the blackout. And whatever revenue is lost due to defecting customers, it will be made up by not paying carriage fees to Mission during the dispute.

So, Clara, I wish I could be more hopeful. But I think you might need to invest in a TV antenna if you stay with Dish. 

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10 comments on “Dish vs. Mission Broadcasting: When Will It End?”

  1. Had I known Dish was going to discontinue a local station, kolr 10, I would not have renewed for another 2 years. Dish and Mission Broadcasting need to get on the same page.

  2. This is MIssion – why would Dish advertise other ways of getting their signal? By doing that, they risk losing customers… Mission needs to stop being greedy…

  3. Tired of all the BS. Both need to stop acting like 2 yr olds. Live out where even an antenna doesn’t pick up all the locals. People doesn’t do any good to drop one and go to another, same thing will happen with the other company also eventually. Y’all please come to some type of agreement. You’re hurting your customers not each other.

  4. I lost KTVE, NBC, a local channel. Have no idea what carriage tax is or care. Just want my channels back. Still paying for & don’t have. Stop acting like greedy children or politicians we listen to lies from. Think about your customers for once. Ya’ll charge an arm & 2 legs now. Greed won’t buy you a way to HEAVEN but satan has a spot for you!

  5. You are both on my list ! Quit being greedy and childish and work it out ! I cannot watch and record the Daytona 500 !!! I go to church Sundays and when I get home watch the completion later.Yes I can watch in my RV but am unable to record.

  6. I am sick and tired of Dish and Mission not coming to an agreement. We pay Dish too much now for the channels we have cause you have to have a package and don’t watch three fourths of them. I have called Dish about this cause my husband and I both had special shows we watched. I have been with Dish forever but this is getting old and my husband is ready to change. This is so stupid they do this to all of us and KOLR is one of our local channels. I am about ready to take their DISH and shove it. There is always another company and they sure don’t respect their long time customers!!!

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