We have received calls and emails of support from many of you regarding the impasse we are experiencing with DISH. That support means a great deal to all of us at KTIV.
We had hoped to have some progress to report to you on this impasse, but unfortunately DISH has not changed their position since our last update. DISH continues to want to subject us to unreasonable terms and conditions, things that we have not agreed to with any other programming provider, and at terms that are way below the marketplace. We have multi-year agreements with every other provider in our market, and we reached those agreements without a dispute because both parties were determined not to let that happen. With DISH, that has not been the case.
As a DISH customer, we know you are frustrated with this situation. Unfortunately, when we are involved in a business situation like this, it impacts you, and that part is very difficult for us, because that is the last thing we want to have happen. We want our programming to be there for you, and right now, it’s not. For that, we apologize.
Given that DISH has made no productive changes to their offer, we are doubtful that our station will be returned to the DISH service any time soon. That means you will not be able to watch our local news, weather and sports programming, along with the fall premieres of popular NBC shows such as The Voice, This is Us, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, Law and Order SVU, Sunday Night Football, and the highly anticipated new shows Manifest and New Amsterdam, and on The CW, shows like Supernatural, The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow.
KTIV is owned by Quincy Media, a small family owned company. Our station cannot be bullied into a bad business decision just because DISH, a multi-billion-dollar company, is pressuring us to do so. It would be wrong for our station, and it would be wrong for our viewers, as it would impact our ability to provide the local news and sports, severe weather coverage, and all our network shows that you have come to expect from our station. The fees we receive from our distributors help us pay for these programming costs and the salaries we pay our employees that live right here in our community.
Please know that we would end this impasse today if DISH would get reasonable with its demands, but so far, they have failed to do so, and as a result, this impasse could continue for some time. Our station is now in the same situation that close to 500 other stations have faced since 2010, all in a dispute with DISH.
Please call DISH at 800-333-3474 and let them know you want this dispute resolved and our station back on their system. With your help, maybe we can end this impasse.
Thank you for your patience and your continued support.
It has been just over a week since KTIV was dropped from DISH, and unfortunately DISH has not changed their position on a new agreement.
DISH is indicating one thing to us in their proposals but is telling a far different story to their customers. They publicly state that they’re willing to accept rates that other pay TV providers are paying to our company, yet at the same time, they continue to offer us terms, including rates, that are way below the marketplace.
KTIV is asking for fair and reasonable terms and compensation from DISH. We are attempting to negotiate with DISH in the same manner we did with every other program provider. And we successfully concluded fair agreements with everyone else, without delays or disputes.
We have been attempting to reach a fair new agreement with DISH for the past several months. Our original contract end date is way past. We offered multiple extensions to provide more time to complete a new agreement, but DISH has steadfastly refused to make a fair deal.
DISH claims that KTIV is using “hostile negotiating tactics.” Like other statements being made by DISH, that is just not true! KTIV is owned by Quincy Media, a small, family owned company, that has been in business since 1926, with roots in the newspaper business that go back even further. Our objective is to be fair, reasonable and consistent in how we approach negotiations. Since TV stations were granted the right to negotiate for fair compensation by federal law in 1992, our company has been in a dispute for a total of just 15 hours over that 26-year period of time. Any objective observer of the process that we had to go through with DISH would describe our approach as fair and reasonable and DISH’s approach as “hostile.”
Please call DISH at 800-333-3474 and let them know you want this dispute resolved and KTIV back on their system.