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In a surprisingly rapid end to their retransmission battle that had seen screen go black, US media company Tegna has resolved its carriage battle with DISH Network.

dishpiracy 21april2017The ongoing row between the two companies had seen on 1 December 2018 Tegna black out DISH customers' access to its 49 local channels in 39 markets across 34 US states and the District of Columbia.

Yet all has been resolved. In a terse, one-sentence statement, without any detail about the deal, Tegna simply said that it had reached a multi-year carriage agreement with DISH and that all of its stations will return to the DISH line-up, effective immediately. To date, DISH had issued no comment.

In the background to the row, DISH insisted that that Tegna had been blocking consumers in an effort to gain negotiating leverage as it demanded nearly double the monthly rates for its local channels, even as broadcast TV ratings decline. “Tegna refused DISH's offer to extend the contract, instead choosing to black out its stations on the eve of college football's conference championships and during the homestretch for the NFL season,” commented Andy LeCuyer, DISH senior vice president of Programming. “It couldn't be more obvious that Tegna is using its own viewers as leverage as it demands nearly double the monthly rates, even as ratings on broadcast TV are down double digits.”

For its part, Tegna retorted that DISH had refused to reach what it called a ‘fair, market-based carriage agreement’. “Tegna has worked hard over the course of months to something we have successfully done with hundreds of cable and satellite providers across the country with no disruption of service,” it said. “It is disappointing that we have been unable to reach such an agreement with DISH to support our ability to bring viewers high-quality news, sports, weather and entertainment programming.