Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH

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Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH Customers in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Markets in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii



Lilly turns back on public interest obligations during humanitarian crisis -uses catastrophe to create ‘deal leverage'
Lilly rejects DISH offer to extend contract, including retroactive ‘true-up' for new rates, which would keep national news and information available in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands while negotiations continue
Broadcaster fees will rise to $12.8 billion by 2023, estimates SNL Kagan
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The following is a news release from DISH:

This evening, Lilly Broadcasting blacked out DISH customers' access to its stations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and three other markets in New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii after the two companies were unable to establish viable economic terms for a renewed retransmission agreement. The broadcaster is demanding from DISH and, by extension, its customers unreasonable rate increases higher than the current DISH rate. Lilly has also refused DISH's offer to match the rates paid by other pay-TV providers.

Lilly is blacking out the following stations from DISH customers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

One Caribbean Television (Puerto Rico)
WSEEP-TV (CBS, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)
WENY-VI (ABC, U.S. Virgin Islands)
"Lilly is further blinding the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands at this time, showing an unbelievable lack of compassion," said Warren Schlichting, executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales. "During this humanitarian crisis, it's critical for people to have access to more information, not less, whether one home or 10,000 can access these stations."

These stations are among the few broadcast sources that offer national news and information from the continental U.S. to DISH customers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. DISH offered a short-term contract extension to Lilly that would include a retroactive true-up when new rates are agreed upon, and would preserve the ability of DISH customers to access Lilly's stations while negotiations continued. The true-up would ensure that Lilly is made whole at the new rates for the period of any contract extension.

"DISH offered to extend the contract, but Lilly rejected it," said Schlichting. "Lilly had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by accepting our extension and leaving the channels up."

Lilly is blacking out the following stations from DISH customers:

One Caribbean Television (Puerto Rico)
WSEEP-TV (CBS, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)
WENY-VI (ABC, U.S. Virgin Islands)
WENY-TV (ABC, Elmira)
WENYD-TV (CBS, Elmira)
WBEP-TV (CW, Erie)
WICU-TV (NBC, Erie)
WSEE-TV (CBS, Erie)
KITV-TV (ABC, Honolulu)
KITV2-TV (MeTV, Honolulu)
Need for Retransmission Consent Reform

"Lilly's decision to cut ties with DISH customers is a prime example of why Washington needs to stand up for consumers and end local channel blackouts," said R. Stanton Dodge, DISH executive vice president and general counsel. "Broadcasters like Lilly use their in-market monopoly power to put profits ahead of the public interests they are supposed to serve."

Along with other pay-TV companies and public interest groups that form the American Television Alliance, DISH has called for the U.S. Congress to revamp the out-of-date laws that favor these high fees and unnecessary blackouts.

Dodge continued: "We continue to urge the FCC and Congress to update a system that emboldens broadcasters to black out consumers."

Rising Retransmission Rates

Each year, the cost to carry local broadcast stations rises far beyond the rate of inflation, leading to blackouts across the country that affect millions of subscribers of various pay-TV companies. According to SNL Kagan, a leading source on the media industry, broadcast fees burdening pay-TV consumers are expected to reach an unprecedented $9.3 billion in 2017. These same rates, for channels available free over the air, were as low as $215 million in 2006, soared to $7.9 billion in 2016 and are expected to reach $12.8 billion in 2023.

DISH customers can visit DISHPromise.com for more information and to ask the FCC and Congress to end TV blackouts.
 
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jackbyron1

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good thing my over the air antenna works for gettin them in the Erie,Pa market

Mine also. But for some strange reason WJET has a very low signal strength. The Hopper 3 won’t lock on it because I can’t get more than 60% signal strength. I live on upper Peach street. The weird thing is my outdoor antenna gets 30% and if I hook up a rabbit ears indoors I get 47% Erie stations SUCK! The powers that be need to install their towers all on upper Peach and have relay towers on the Bayfront to cover the lower terrain of the city. Or better yet put 35 and 35.2 on 12.4 and 12.5 respectively. The stronger signal strength of 66.1 can do the same with 24.1
 

Albiondon

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Mine also. But for some strange reason WJET has a very low signal strength. The Hopper 3 won’t lock on it because I can’t get more than 60% signal strength. I live on upper Peach street. The weird thing is my outdoor antenna gets 30% and if I hook up a rabbit ears indoors I get 47% Erie stations SUCK! The powers that be need to install their towers all on upper Peach and have relay towers on the Bayfront to cover the lower terrain of the city. Or better yet put 35 and 35.2 on 12.4 and 12.5 respectively. The stronger signal strength of 66.1 can do the same with 24.1

Wjet and Wfxp`s tower is on upper peach st south of I90 by the Boyer RV center,Wqln`s tower is 100 yrds to the east. Wicu and Wsee`s towers are south of I90 by old waterford rd and donation rd behind the casino and the landfill just off of rt 8 I live out near albion; im 30 miles away and I can get all 15 channels using a Winegard Freevision antenna is sounds like your right on top of the transmitters
 

jackbyron1

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Wjet and Wfxp`s tower is on upper peach st south of I90 by the Boyer RV center,Wqln`s tower is 100 yrds to the east. Wicu and Wsee`s towers are south of I90 by old waterford rd and donation rd behind the casino and the landfill just off of rt 8 I live out near albion; im 30 miles away and I can get all 15 channels using a Winegard Freevision antenna is sounds like your right on top of the transmitters

Yep. 4 miles away. It’s a problem.
 

jackbyron1

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At that distance you should be able to get W32dh and Wlep on channel 9

I do, but have no interest in watching a black screen on 9 and tv to put you to sleep by on 32.
Oh well. At list my Internet is speedy enough to watch shows on the Network apps. Or I can still record NBC CBS and CW off the antenna which aren’t that many shows. Hoping this is resolved in a week or so.
 

jackbyron1

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I do, but have no interest in watching a black screen on 9 and tv to put you to sleep by on 32.
Oh well. At list my Internet is speedy enough to watch shows on the Network apps. Or I can still record NBC CBS and CW off the antenna which aren’t that many shows. Hoping this is resolved in a week or so.

Want to clarify WLEP or (RetroTV) has been off the air 2 years ago.
 

Albiondon

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Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH
Satellite Business News) — Lilly Broadcasting late yesterday gave Dish Network permission to resume distribution of its stations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after the retransmission consent agreement between the companies expired and the broadcaster’s other local stations in the area, and all of them in the continental U.S., went dark on the DBS service.
 
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ttomni6

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Great news!
We're still dark on these channels in Hawaii.

However, we can relate - there was a contract dispute with some of our local channels a few years ago when all of our Hawaii Islands were expecting to be hit by a different hurricane. We were blacked out from our two main weather information sources. It was a trying time.

Good luck to you folks in the Atlantic Island areas. Hope that you can access power locations so you can get updates.

It's not that you guys are not cooperating (as per some official statements) - you're in the middle of a constantly changing situation and you're trying to survive for you and your family while the situation dictates you need to help neighbors.

Unless anyone has been in this situation, you cannot even begin to imagine how difficult this is for those involved.

Prayers and hopes don't do enough.

Bless you folks.
 

jackbyron1

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I’m paying $10/ month for 6 local channels and only received 3 for October. Have an antenna but that’s not point. I should call and ask them for a $5 credit.
 
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You’re not paying for any specific number of locals, nor is any channel guaranteed as per your service agreement. You can instead drop the local package if it is not worth it to you...
 

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End in Sight: Lilly Broadcasting Says It’s Close to a Retrans Deal with DISH
Lilly Broadcasting believes it is close to bringing the month-long blackout of its stations on DISH Network to an end. Lilly COO John Christianson on Monday told Cablefax that the two parties are nearing a new retransmission consent deal for the broadcaster’s 11 stations. “I’ve had very positive conversations with DISH in the past several days, and we should have a resolution solved shortly with that for all properties, whether it’s in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New York or Pennsylvania,” Christianson said. DISH declined to comment on the status of the negotiations. The dispute dates back to Sept 30, when Lilly pulled its stations off DISH systems. Three of Lilly’s stations serve Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and DISH attacked Lilly for abandoning those markets in the aftermath of multiple hurricanes.


End in Sight: Lilly Broadcasting Says It's Close to a Retrans Deal with DISH
 
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