If you want access to upcoming college football rivalry games, holiday specials, and FOX23 News, you can call DISH at (800) 333-3474 and tell them to put KBSI FOX23 and WDKA MY49 back on.
November 11, 2022
DISH Network and KBSI FOX23 & WDKA MY49 have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal of the agreement that provides for carriage of the stations on DISH Network’s satellite system. As a result, FOX23 & MY49 are no longer being carried by DISH as of 6:00 p.m. CT on November 11, 2022.
The loss of our stations on DISH is solely DISH’s decision. In fact, in an effort to ensure that our valuable programming remains available to DISH customers while we continue to negotiate, we have offered DISH an extension of our current agreement. Unfortunately and inexplicably, DISH refuses to agree to this extension. Instead, DISH prefers to take down our stations – denying you access to your local news, sports, and weather.
Every three years, we negotiate with multichannel video programming distributors to carry our broadcast signals. These include video providers such as DIRECTV, Comcast, Mediacom, and Charter. We have negotiated long-term agreements with each of these entities. Those providers recognize the value of FOX23 & MY49’s award-winning local news and the highly-rated programming offered on the stations, such as 911, FOX Sports, and Family Feud. Additionally, FOX23 & MY49 provide important coverage of dangerous weather conditions, road closures, school and business closures, and more.
While we had hoped to conclude a new agreement with DISH without disruption, that has not happened. DISH has not only chosen not to agree to an extension of the current agreement but also continues to insist on new material terms and conditions, including economic terms, that undervalue our stations, including the important role we perform during major news and weather events.
Our stations cannot and will not be pressured into making bad business decisions by DISH, a multi-billion-dollar company. Making such bad business decisions would be wrong for our stations—and our viewers—as it would negatively impact our ability to produce the local news, sports, and severe weather coverage, as well as provide the entertainment programs that you have come to expect and depend upon from FOX23 & MY49.
We will continue to negotiate with DISH in the hope that DISH will see the true value our stations bring to you and the people who live in this area.
As a DISH customer, we know you are frustrated with this situation. Unfortunately, when we are involved in a business matter like this, it impacts you. That part is very difficult for us because it is the last thing we want to happen. We want our programming to be there for you; and, right now, our programming is not available on DISH Network. For that, we apologize.
Despite what DISH might say, though, we have not “blacked out” our stations. FOX23 & MY49 are available over the air via an antenna. In addition, FOX23 & MY49 remain available on DIRECTV, Comcast, Mediacom, Charter, and other local cable operators.
To contact DISH Network to voice your concerns, you can call DISH at 800-333-3474.
Thank you for your support.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this all about?
A federal law first enacted in 1992 allows television stations to negotiate the terms of carriage, including compensation, from multichannel video programming distributors such as DISH. FOX23 & MY49’s parent company and DISH Network were in the process of negotiating a renewal of the agreement that grants DISH the right to carry the stations. That agreement expired in August 2021, and FOX23 & MY49 offered DISH multiple extensions to attempt to complete a new deal. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to move forward with DISH, little progress was made.
Why can’t you reach an agreement?
DISH has refused to negotiate appropriate market value retransmission compensation for FOX23 & MY49. DISH believes that it should pay far less than every other video provider for our highly rated and award-winning news, weather coverage, FOX network programming, and sports along with syndicated programs such as Big Bang Theory, Judge Judy, and Family Feud.
Why should DISH have to pay to carry television stations that are available for free over the air?
FOX23 & MY49 are available over the air for free to our viewers, but our signals are not free to subscriber-based services such as DISH Network that repackage our signals and sell them to their subscribers at a profit. In fact, the law requires DISH Network to obtain a retransmission consent agreement to carry our stations and to negotiate in good faith with us in exchange for granting our consent.
Are these disputes common with DISH?
Unfortunately, yes. Over the past several years, DISH has had disputes with hundreds of local television stations. While the length of these disputes has varied, DISH has had some disputes that have lasted for months.
How can I find your stations?
FOX23 & MY49 continue to be available over the air with an antenna and are also available on all other multichannel video programming distributors in the area, including; DIRECTV, Comcast, Mediacom, and Charter.
What can I do to help get FOX23 & MY49 back on DISH?
The best thing you can do is to let DISH Network know how much you value FOX23 & MY49 and that they need to keep local channels like FOX23 & MY49 on their system to retain you as a customer. DISH Network can be reached at (800) 333-3474.
Press Release – November 11, 2022