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Dish Asks Tribune To Agree To Arbitration

The satellite provider proposes binding, baseball-style arbitration to reach a fair market-based deal and restore Tribune’s stations to its subscribers.

 

Dish Network today invited Tribune Broadcasting Co. to enter into binding, baseball-style arbitration modeled on the successful arbitration procedures from the Comcast/NBCU merger to determine the fair market value of their channels. As part of the arbitration process, Dish has asked Tribune to restore its channels on Dish.

“We want to return these local stations to our customers immediately, and binding, baseball-style arbitration offers a path to reach a fair deal and to serve the best interests of our customers,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish EVP of programming.

Tribune blacked out Dish customer access to 42 local channels in 33 markets early Sunday evening.

Dish continues to distribute tens of thousands of free over-the-air antennas to customers blacked out by Tribune Broadcasting. The offer remains active and Dish continues to fulfill orders.

“Our solution to offer free over-the-air antennas to impacted consumers has been tremendously successful, and provided consumers with a meaningful option to fight back against the unreasonable demands of broadcasters whose primary goal should be to serve the very consumers that they are using as pawns to gain negotiating leverage,” said Schlichting.

At issue is the renewal of a new multi-year carriage agreement between Dish and Tribune. Dish claims Tribune has asked for “significant rate increases in the face of declining overall viewership,” as well as carriage of Tribune’s cable channel, WGN America, along with the TV stations.

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alicia farmer says:

June 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

Hopefully Dish will not agree. Enough of this nonsense.

    John Bagwell says:

    June 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    If you would have actually read the article, it is DISH who is asking Tribune to agree to this arbitration. No wonder you are a former GM.

Wagner Pereira says:

June 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm

I don’t like my cable bill. Will Dish or another MVPD go to binding Arbitration with me?

Don Thompson says:

June 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Under the 2014 Local Choice bill sponsored by Sens. Rockefeller and Thune — which @nabtweets & the TV #cashcasters killed five seconds before CBS rolled out Local Choice on the Internet — TV stations had guaranteed access to all pay-TV homes and could charge whatever they wanted. Sweep the leg, Charlie. Please follow me on Twitter @TedatACA or @AmericanCable

    Wagner Pereira says:

    June 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Of course you were unwilling to cut Customer’s bills either to compensate for their loss of inclusive programming.

Don Thompson says:

June 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Under the 2014 Local Choice bill sponsored by Sens. Rockefeller and Thune — which @nabtweets & the TV #cashcasters killed five seconds before CBS rolled out Local Choice on the Internet — TV stations had guaranteed access to all pay-TV homes and could charge whatever they wanted. Sweep the leg, Charlie. Please follow me on Twitter @TedatACA or @AmericanCable


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