KUSA and KTVD, channels 9 and 20, are currently not available to DISH subscribers.
“Unfortunately, DISH refused to make a fair and market-based deal with us, which is why our station is currently not available on DISH,” according to interactive.9news.com.
Local NBC programming, including NFL Sunday Night Football, “The Voice”, “This Is Us”, “Chicago PD” and “Law & Order: SVU”, as well as local news, weather and sports, is not available for local DISH subscribers due to the deadlock.
“We hope DISH understands how important access to our station is and comes to a fair and market-based agreement with us,” NBC told keepmylocaltv.com.
DISH, in a press release last week, said Tegna Inc., owners of KUSA and KTVD, had nearly 3 million DISH TV customers who were served in 53 markets across the country before the negotiations stalled. .
“We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna turned it down, forcing their channels to be removed,” said Brian Neylon, group president, DISH TV.
Tegna stations broadcast various networks across the country including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC to viewers.
Tegna’s “demands” amount to an “unreasonable increase in fees,” DISH said.
TV websites encourage subscribers to switch to a new video provider or to contact DISH and tell them to bring back the two Tegna stations from the Denver area and others.
“KUSA and KTVD are committed to making fair and market-based agreements with all video service providers in our region,” the stations said. “If DISH is prepared to make the same commitment, then we are confident that we can get a deal that puts our station back in the DISH lineup.”
Consumers can access KUSA and KTVD programming on many “over-the-top (OTT) providers like DIRECTV Now and YouTube TV that offer instant access when you sign up,” the stations said.