Dish Network files complaint with FCC over blackout

Posted by David Bracken on October 18, 2013 

Dish Network has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to require Media General to negotiate in “good faith” to resolve a blackout that begin Oct. 1.

The blackout is affecting Dish customers in 17 markets, including the Triangle where the satellite TV provider is no longer carrying WNCN-TV, Raleigh’s NBC affiliate.

Both sides have blamed each other for the failure to renew the contract. The blackout is also affecting Greenville, where two stations – WNCT and WNCTD – are no longer available on Dish.

The dispute is the latest clash between broadcaster stations and cable and satellite operators over programming fees. Dish and other cable operators pay for retransmission rights, but in recent years there has been several nasty disagreements over the price of acquiring such rights.

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