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Another pay TV battle as Dish, Lin spar over fees

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March 1, 2011
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Another battle over pay TV fees is coming down to the wire — this time over what Dish Network is paying TV station owner Lin TV Corp. to retransmit signals of 27 stations.

The stations are affiliates of CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC and the CW in 17 cities including Indianapolis, Providence, R.I., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH-TV Channel 8 is among those affected.

Dish Network Corp.'s Dave Shull says Lin is demanding more than double the current fee in the first year and even more later. He says he's "frustrated" that Lin publicized the dispute, which had remained behind closed doors until Monday.

If a deal isn't reached by 2 a.m. Saturday, some satellite TV households may lose the signals of local stations. Neither side would say how many subscribers would be affected.

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  • Linn
    Linn will continue to hold its viewers hostage. They dont care about their customer only about money. Hold the line Dish Network . We appreciate it.
  • why do they want money..don't we pay enough for gas n food
    I remember when I was a kid we only had 5 channels..now we have cable n dish network the penny n dime us do death..now they want more money..I guess if they don't get it ..there goes channel 8 ratings..who is winning here
  • DISH & WISH-TV, Indianapolis
    I am a DISH subscriber in Marion, IN. Have been for several years. I have also looked at my most recent DISH bill in which they raised the rates. As I understand, LIN Broadcasting is trying to double their charge to DISH to rebroadcast their signal to subscribers. These are lawyers talking amongst themselves, and hopefully, they will work out an agreement before the world comes to an end. If they don't, both will lose viewers & subscribers. Both sides, I'm sure know this as well. Local broadcast stations depend upon advertising to conduct business. As a broadcaster myself, I understand this. The reporters, photographers, producers and their assistants, as well as their families, have to eat. At the same time, I don't think it's right to pay extra for channels such as AMC, WE, etc that have their own advertising. So it is my hope that these corporations can reach an agreement because I'm too old to climb on roof and adjust my antenna! Thank you for my 2-minutes of fame!
    Yours truly,
    Mike Duncan
  • 1st Brighthouse, now DISH
    I dropped Brighthouse because of this very same issue with LIN! I picked up DISH, and now I have to go through the same thing with LIN again? Not this time. I'll buy a digital antenna and pick up the signal for FREE, and be able to watch the NCAA tourney games. Outside of that, I don't watch anything on CBS anyway.
    • and I thought
      and I thought it was dish networks faught but it turns out that it's the greed on lin's part just how much money do you think you need anyway?
    • broke
      take my money and lose a broke customer !
    • common denomator
      Gee didn't Linn have trouble with Brighthouse Cable not to long ago. History does have a way of repeating its self.
    • Pay TV, what a concept
      That sounds like comcast, double what they charge now and more later.

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