Broadcasting & Cable reported:
A pair of TV stations owned by Sarkes Tarzian have posted online notices to Dish customers that they may be losing access to the stations at the end of the month due to a failure to negotiate a new carriage deal with the satellite operator. Both sides claim they have offered contract extensions that would keep the stations on subscriber dishes, but that the other side has turned them down.
...Dish sent B&C/Multi a statement with its take on the retrans tussle, including their assertion that Dish did offer a contract extension that Sarkes Tarzian turned down, but it also said it was "hopeful" the two sides could still reach an agreement, though they seemed far apart.
"Sarkes Tarzian is demanding an outrageous price increase of 335% and threatening to block its channels if its demands are not met," said the statement. "It is disingenuous to claim it's pennies more per day. The reality is Sarkes is demanding millions of dollars more beyond what Dish Network pays today to Sarkes over the life of the contract. Their offer would be like demanding $12 for a gallon of milk then saying it's only a penny more per sip. Dish Network has offered an increase in fees to Sarkes but to demand a 335% rate hike is unheard of. In fact, Dish Network offered Sarkes a contract extension while negotiations take place, but they refused to accept it."
According to a Chattanooga news report:
“WRCB and Dish Network are negotiating to provide for continued carriage of WRCB on Dish,” according to a statement from Channel 3. “Unfortunately, we have not yet reached an agreement and Dish is threatening to remove WRCB from its lineup.”
WRCB has given an unconditional extension, allowing Dish Network to continue its content, but it’s unclear if Dish will do that.
“If Dish pulls WRCB it will be because Dish chooses to remove WRCB,” according to a statement from Channel 3.
Edited by phrelin, 31 October 2011 - 04:54 PM.
error on Reno affiliate