Scripps Media Inc. blacks out DISH customers in 42 markets across 31 states
- Scripps rejects DISH offer to extend contract and keep local channels up while negotiations continue
- Scripps turns back on viewers amid the COVID-19 pandemic to create ‘deal leverage’
“To be clear, Scripps chose to black out its own viewers. We offered multiple extension options to keep the channels up while we continue to work toward reaching a deal during these unprecedented times, but they refused,” said Andy LeCuyer, DISH senior vice president of programming.
After months of refusing to negotiate, Scripps Media Inc. made a take-it-or-leave-it offer just minutes before expiration. In an effort to minimize the impact to consumers, DISH continues to be open to negotiating with Scripps to come to a fair deal.
“The channels could come back today if Scripps would allow it, and we can restore the channels immediately if they give us the green light,” added LeCuyer. “While the nation faces the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Hurricane Hanna makes landfall, viewers need access to their local news and programming. On behalf of customers, we ask Scripps to stop punishing its own viewers so we can focus on reaching a fair deal.”
In exchange for using the public airwaves, broadcasters provide their channels for free, accessible with a digital over-the-air antenna; however, pay-TV companies are required to pay broadcasters to provide those same channels to their customers. If the two parties do not reach an agreement, the pay-TV provider must stop delivering those stations.
More information on this FCC-mandated process is available here: Retransmission Consent
Scripps’ action affects viewers of various ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, MyTV, independent and Telemundo stations in 42 markets.
DISH customers can visit DISHPromise.com for more information.