My wife just brought this to my attention. Although this specifically refers to KARE 11 delivered via DISH Network direct broadcast satellite
I am posting this here because KARE 11 is a local HDTV provider. In my case, I have chosen to receive this via my over the air antenna and, particularly in light of things like this, I will continue to do so.
Attention DISH Subscribers
Starting October 8, KARE11 may no longer be available on DISH. That means you could lose access to blockbuster college football, NFL Sunday night football and entertainment programming such as The Voice as well as your local news, weather and sports. Tell DISH to keep your NBC station KARE11 by calling 1-800-823-4929.
Information about KARE11 on DISH
In order for our station, KARE11, to be delivered to your home, we negotiate agreements for the rights to carry our station with video service providers like DISH. In the vast majority of cases, these agreements are reached through normal business discussions. In fact, KARE11 has agreements in place with all of the video providers in our area. Unfortunately, so far DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us. If a deal is not reached by midnight on October 7, DISH subscribers will lose access to KARE11.
Q: Why is DISH refusing to reach an agreement to carry KARE11?
A: We cannot speak for DISH. But here is what our viewers should know: KARE11 is committed to reaching fair, market-based agreements with all the video service providers in our area. Our track record shows that we have successfully reached such deals time and time again. That is why DISH's refusal to reach an agreement with us is disappointing. It is our hope that DISH will change course and reach a deal because it is unfair for customers to lose one minute of KARE11 programming.
Q: If KARE11 is off the DISH programming lineup, what can I do to avoid missing my favorite sports, news and entertainment programs?
A: The good news is that you have choices. First, KARE11 is available on other video service providers in our area including DirecTV, Charter Communications, Comcast and Mediacom or, you may have another local system available for cable. And you can always get KARE11 free over-the-air.
Q: I have heard DISH say that KARE11 is demanding a big fee increase, which would lead to higher satellite bills. Is that true?
A: No. KARE11 has successfully negotiated agreements with all the other providers in our area based on the same basic terms that are being offered to DISH. Those other providers were willing to reach a deal. So far, DISH is not. In any case, we do not believe customers should be dragged into the middle of business disputes. We know that what matters to you is getting what you pay for and not losing programs you love. That is why we are focused on reaching a fair, market-based deal as quickly as possible.
Q: Isn't it unfair that I lose access to a channel that I'm paying for just because two companies can't reach a deal?
A: We agree – it is unfair. After all, you pay your bill to DISH every month. You deserve the full set of channels you are paying for. That is why we are working hard to reach a fair, market-based deal with DISH based on similar terms to the deals we have with the other providers in our area.