Michelle Clancy | 12-08-2013
DISH Network and local TV affiliate owner Raycom have resolved a retransmission dispute that took stations across the country offline for the satcaster beginning 1 August.
The companies said in a short statement that Raycom stations will be back for DISH Network customers "overnight" — no other details were given about the agreement.
Raycom owns or controls 53 stations in 36 markets including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates in midsized cities that include Cleveland, Toledo, Honolulu, Tucson, Baton Rouge, West Palm Beach, Louisville and Memphis.
The stations went dark when the previous carriage contract expired, after DISH and Raycom failed to come to terms in time — reportedly, DISH said that Raycom was asking for as much as 300% increase on existing rates.
DISH contributes around 15% of Raycom's viewers, according to SNL Kagan.