DISH Fights for a Fair Deal, Tegna Prioritizes Greed above Consumers

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DISH Fights for a Fair Deal, Tegna Prioritizes Greed above Consumers​

- Tegna makes unreasonable demands, threatens to remove channels from DISH customers​

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the contract expiration with DISH approaches, Tegna Inc., one of the nation's largest local station owners, is demanding a massive increase to nearly a billion dollars in fees for its programming and is using viewers as a bargaining chip in their negotiations.

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In the early 2000's, broadcasters like Tegna began charging cable and satellite companies to deliver their "free" local station signals to the public. This new revenue stream for broadcasters totaled a few million dollars in 2006, but has grown to over $12 billion dollars today. Free local programming has effectively become a multi-billion-dollar industry.

"Businesses should have the opportunity to be profitable, but there's a big difference between running a profitable business and taking blatant advantage of consumers," said Brian Neylon, group president, DISH TV. "Tegna is demanding an unreasonable fee increase — an increase the programmer knows will directly impact its viewers."

DISH's agreement with Tegna Inc. could impact subscribers' access to local ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW and MTN stations across 52 U.S. cities. If Tegna does not come to a fair agreement with DISH before the contract expires, it will take its channels away from subscribers across the nation.

"There is still time to reach an agreement with Tegna that is fair for all parties involved, especially our customers," said Neylon. "As many Americans look forward to tuning in to football games this fall, and stay aware of the latest health and safety news, we hope Tegna sees how important it is to come to a deal that is beneficial for all."
 
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WTH is Tegna? Hopefully they don’t have any stations I’d be watching.

According to Wikipedia, they do not. Lots of stations in Texas, though.
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They are the old Gannett.
And the name is an anagram of the unique letters in “Gannett”. Gannett is the print media part of the old company, and Tegna is the AudioVideo media (according to the Wiki article I linked).
 
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I'm sick of these yearly contract disputes. I think it's time to cancel my locals with Dish and resort to other "questionable" ways of getting my local channels.
 
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Nothing will stop it. It's the same old song and dance every year. Customers lose the channels for a few months or more and they get them back eventually along with the inevitable price increase.
And subscriber numbers keep dropping
 
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Your solution?
Not letting these corporations hold customers hostage because they have a huge market share!
Its been done in radio, and in broadcast TV....Everybody who loves capitalism, this is what you get. It wasnt like this 30 years ago...Now they have all the power and us little guys have none.
 
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We just went through this about 2 years ago. Tegna owns our NBC affiliate here in Charlotte NC. Ok it was 2018.

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Amen. Especially since here in Western WA we'll lose the famous KING KONG duopoly (KING/5 is the local NBC outlet, KONG/16 is independent with backup to NBC - and what's left of the Kraken preseason, not much of that left, though) that another channel we lost recently - Root Sport - has primary rights to.

I join with others in saying This Retrans Hell Needs To END!
 
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