Dish reaches deal on WRDW; WJBF still blocked

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Dish Network has reached an agreement to keep a local channel on the air, but efforts to lift a blackout of ABC affiliate WJBF-TV 6 remain stalled.

On Friday, the satellite provider announced viewers will continue to receive programming for CBS affiliate WRDW-TV 12 after the signing of a long-term
retransmission agreement with Gray TV. Augusta was one of 30 markets affected in the deal.

However, Dish is still battling Media General over what it has called a “massive price increase,” leading to the blackout of WJBF and TV content in 16 other markets since Oct. 1.

Dish filed a complaint Fri­day with the Federal Com­mu­nications Commission to request that Media General immediately begin negotiating in good faith for a retransmission deal to resolve the blackout, according to a Dish news release.

Dish Executive Vice Pres­i­dent Dave Shull alleged that Media General waited 11 days after programming was blocked
before responding to Dish’s pre-blackout offer. Dish has since presented a counteroffer without a response from Media General.

The companies have been negotiating since June, after Virginia-based Media General announced a merger with Young Broadcasting, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.

Attempts to reach Media General for comment Friday were not immediately successful.

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-TV 54 for about a week.

Dish also had problems negotiating last December with Schurz Commun­ications, affecting NBC affiliate WAGT-TV 26, but a compromise was reached within days.

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Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 10/18/13 - 04:47 pm
See, this is one of the

See, this is one of the reasons why I'm not overly tempted to ditch cable for satellite. Sure, the price may be cheaper, but you've got to put up with this stuff a couple of times a year it seems...might be because we hear about it from different satellite companies?

nocnoc 10/18/13 - 05:03 pm
Simple price justifcation vs. demand

I heard ABC wants 6x more than the viewer rating indicate it is worth.

If you have a basic Cable, any type of Dish or can access any of the 200 to 500 Internet TV channels available. Remember, A ONE TIME cost of $49.95 for a Walmart Digital TV antenna is all you need for about 10 local channels for FREE there after.
If you are like me, you are tired of ridiculous Cable bills.

scarlet273 10/18/13 - 05:19 pm
seems to me

seems to me that the problem isnt with DISH but the other companies that keep trying to dig more money out of DISH....i, like nocnoc am tired of crazy expensive cable bills....we have a digital antenna and netflix lower our bill to just home phone and internet at about 69 a month...then $8 for netfix...been that way for over a yr and three kids are happy with the tons of cartoons they can watch on demand with it...

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/18/13 - 06:34 pm

If the Dish customers really, really, really must have WJBF, they can watch WJBF on the over the air antenna and watch the rest on satellite. What's so hard about that?

Connor Threlkeld
Connor Threlkeld 10/18/13 - 07:23 pm
I have an antenna in my

I have an antenna in my attic, I get 15 channels (ABC, MeTV, CBS, MyNetwork, AntennaTV, 3 Ga. PBS channels, 3 SC PBS channels, NBC, CW, Fox, Bounce). From about 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., I pick up two Columbia stations, which are mostly duplicates but add a weather channel and This TV. Atlantic Broadband internet service still gives me, and we also supplement with Netflix. I've missed cable about twice since June. Planning on dropping home phone in favor of and an Obi100 box in a month or so. Basically a do-it-yourself Vonage. $1.50 a month for 911, then we pay a penny a minute for what we use.

nocnoc 10/19/13 - 08:34 am
Less than 20% of our TV Time is now Big 3 Progamming

We have Overpriced Comcast Cable/Hi-Speed Internet, that is cheaper in other areas for some reason.

It allows us to use ROKU, Rabbit-TV and to access a massive number of Internet TV channels.

We can watch just about anything worth our time.

soapy_725 10/19/13 - 08:40 am
There are alternatives to "cable addiction". Boy did we get suck

ered by the government with cable and the absolute necessity of "digital signals". Not to mention that we were told all TV was going to HD. There are less that two dozen true HD channels and some of those are 480 Digital enhanced. Most are 720. About a dozen are 1080 HD. Notice the ones that will not fit on an HD screen. No way not how.

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