DISH to Raycom: ‘Match contract language to your public statements and we'll sign'
DISH ready to sign deal if Raycom commits to market rates
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DISH customers in 36 markets remain in the dark today despite DISH's
(NASDAQ: DISH) commitment to pay market rates to retransmit Raycom
The following statement is attributable to Sruta Vootukuru, DISH
director of programming:
"DISH is ready to sign a deal right now if Raycom will match the words
in the contract with its message to viewers. Raycom has publicly told
its viewers that they are willing to give DISH the same deal as other
providers. All we're asking is for Raycom to put that on paper and we're
ready to sign the deal now."
DISH is encouraging customers in the affected markets to call their
local Raycom station and demand to be treated fairly.
The action affects viewers of various ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC-affiliated
stations in the following markets: Cleveland, Ohio (CBS); Panama City,
Fla. (Fox); Montgomery, Ala. (NBC); Knoxville, Tenn. (Fox); Savannah,
Ga. (CBS); Toledo, Ohio (CBS, Fox); Columbus, Ga. (ABC);
Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (NBC); Cincinnati, Ohio (Fox); Jonesboro, Ark.
(ABC); Tyler-Longview, Texas (ABC); Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. (ABC);
Paducah, Ky. (CBS); Honolulu, Hawaii (CBS and NBC); Tucson, Ariz. (CBS);
Shreveport, La. (CBS); Baton Rouge, La. (CBS); Charlotte, N.C. (CBS);
Charleston, S.C. (CBS); Ottumwa-Kirksville, Mo. (Fox); Birmingham, Ala.
(Fox); Dothan, Ala. (Fox); West Palm Beach, Fla. (Fox); Augusta, Ga.
(Fox); Lubbock, Texas (NBC); Lake Charles, La. (NBC);
Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. (NBC); Albany, Ga. (NBC); Louisville, Ky.
(NBC); Hattiesburg-Laurel, Miss. (NBC); Wilmington, N.C. (NBC and Fox);
Evansville, Ind. (NBC); Columbia, S.C. (NBC); Jackson, Miss. (NBC);
Florence-Myrtle Beach, Fla. (NBC); and Memphis, Tenn. (NBC).
Also affected are various CW and MyNetworkTV channels in five markets:
Baton Rouge, La.; Cleveland, Ohio; Honolulu, Hawaii; Paducah, Ky.; and
To learn more about DISH's negotiations with Raycom, visit www.DISHValuePledge.com.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH
Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.092 million satellite TV
customers, as of March 31, 2013, with the highest quality programming
and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD
Free for Life®. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up
with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international
channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network
Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
John Hall, 720-514-5351
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