DISH resolves carriage impasses with Comcast, Journal Broadcast

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 21 December 2014

DISH Network has put to rest two more carriage dispute issues: with Comcast regional sports networks, and with Journal Broadcast.

The satellite firm isn’t quite done with its carriage updates — it saw the expiration of its contract with Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network this weekend — but the parties continue to negotiate and so far, there are no blackouts.

The satellite provider said on Saturday that it had reached a multi-year deal for carriage of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, California, Chicago and the mid-Atlantic. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The talks with the RSNs have gone on for weeks with many extensions given since the initial expiration date of 2 December. The channels carry in-market NBA and NHL games.

Meanwhile, Journal Broadcast Group and DISH have reached a new retransmission consent agreement in all of Journal’s markets: Milwaukee (WTMJ); Nashville, Tenn. (WTVF); Las Vegas (KTNV); Green Bay/Appleton (WGBA/WACY), Wis.; Omaha, Neb. (KMTV); Lansing, Mich. (WSYM); Fort Myers, Fla. (WFTX); Boise, Id. (KIVI/KNIN); Twin Falls, Id. (KSAW); and Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN/KWBA).

“We are very pleased to have completed a new multi-year agreement with DISH so that their subscribers will continue to receive our stations’ quality network and local programming in all of our markets,” said Andre Fernandez, president and COO of Journal Communications. “We’re also pleased that this agreement gives us the opportunity to continue to partner with DISH to serve our communities with valuable programming and initiatives.”