Sixty stations are potentially affected as the station group and satellite distributor have yet to reach a new distribution agreement.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group said Thursday evening that Dish Network subscribers in 60 markets are at risk of its stations at 11:59 p.m. ET tomorrow night since the satellite service has yet to reach a new distribution agreement allowing Dish to continue to air Nexstar’s stations. For over a month, Nexstar said, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with Dish.
Nexstar said it has established a long-term record of completing hundreds of agreements with cable, satellite providers and telecom companies for the carriage of its programming and “is proud of the fact that it has had no material service interruptions related to distribution agreements since 2005.”
Nexstar added that it “regrets that Dish Network is willing to hold its paying subscribers hostage because it won’t agree to fair and reasonable terms for viewers’ favorite programming.”
The company added: “While Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached today, should Dish Network fail to come to terms with Nexstar, Nexstar intends to actively educate consumers in affected markets on how they can continue to receive their favorite network programming, in-depth local news, other content and programming relevant to their communities, and critical updates in times of emergencies.”