Dish Network has stopped broadcasting Scripps Media TV stations in 42 markets, including KOAA in the Colorado Springs-Pueblo area, according to a news release from both companies.
Cincinnati-based Scripps and Englewood-based Dish failed to reach an agreement for a new distribution contract after five months of negotiations before the previous agreement expired Saturday.
Brian Lawlor, president of local media for Scripps, said in the company’s release that the dispute is “not about the rates Dish pays us but their inability to agree on other distribution terms.”
KOAA General Manager Evan Pappas said Scripps is “disappointed it has not been able to reach a resolution with Dish for a new distribution agreement. We hope Dish will recognize the importance of our programming to its customers so we can continue to serve our viewers and the community we love.”
Dish said in its release that Scripps is seeking “higher monthly rates for its local channels” and refused Dish’s offer to matches rates other pay-TV providers are paying to Scripps. Andy LeCuyer, Dish senior vice president of programming, said in the company’s release that Scripps “made a take-it-or-leave-it offer just minutes before expiration.”
Until an agreement is reached, Scripps programming will no longer be broadcast on Dish. Other options for watching Scripps programming, such as KOAA news, include internet streaming services, over-the-air antenna, websites and mobile apps.
Disputes between satellite TV providers and local TV stations are not uncommon. Both DirecTV and Dish Network have temporarily cut local stations from their channel lineups in contract disputes during the past 10 years.
Wayne Heilman contributed to this report.