WJBF back for Dish customers after 47-day blackout

Dish Network viewers once again have access to programming on local ABC affiliate WJBF-TV (Channel 6) after a 47-day blackout was lifted.


Broadcaster Media Gene­ral, which operates WJBF, announced that the company had reached a retransmission agreement with Dish on Saturday to lift the blackout and allow TV content on all 17 markets affected by the stalemate. Terms of the agreement were undisclosed.

The two companies have been negotiating since June, with Dish fighting what it called a “massive price increase” from the Richmond, Va.,-based broadcaster.

A 90-day extension was granted in late June, but WJBF content for Dish customers was taken off the air Oct. 1 after the companies failed to reach a compromise. In mid-October, Dish filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission requesting that Media General immediately begin negotiating in good faith for a retransmission deal to resolve the blackout.

Media General completed a merger with Young Broadcasting on Nov. 12.

A similar retransmission issue between Dish and Ray­com Me­dia was settled Aug. 9 with an undisclosed agreement. Because of the standoff, Dish customers in the area lost access to Fox affiliate WFXG (Channel 54) for about a week.
Dish also had problems negotiating last December with Schurz Commun­ica­tions, affecting NBC affiliate WAGT (Channel 26), but a compromise was reached within days.

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Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:54

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