The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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August 1, 2013

DISH customers lose access to H'ville NBC affiliate

— DISH television customers in 36 markets including Huntsville-Decatur were denied, effective Thursday, the local NBC affiliate WAFF.

The blackout is due to a dispute over how much Raycom Media would be compensated by DISH Network for the rights to provide the channel.

WAFF posted a statement on its website informing viewers the station is “working with DISH to resolve this issue.”

DISH has a different take on the dispute with Raycom Media saying the broadcast company demanded, “more than four times what DISH pays now.”

DISH also reiterated that the cable provider offered to pay the same rate its primary competitors pay for the same programming but Raycom still refused to sign.

Area DISH customers will lose local news broadcasts by WAFF and NBC primetime programming.

The 7 p.m. Sunday night Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame game on NBC to kickoff the NFL’s preseason would also be affected.

A DISH sales representative said customers usually sign a 24-month contract with the service provider and it’s possible a customer could try to opt out of the contract on the grounds the service provider is not living up to the contract in its entirety.

Raycom Media in Montgomery responded to a reporter’s questions by putting the phone on extended hold.


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