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Dish Network drops KTKA

January 2, 2009

Satellite TV provider Dish Network is no longer carrying KTKA as of midnight Dec. 31, 2008.

In recent months, KTKA has worked with area satellite and cable providers to establish fair and reasonable compensation for their use of its broadcast signal as part of retransmission negotiations.

Retransmission refers to the practice of cable operators and satellite providers pulling down a broadcaster’s over-the-air signal and then retransmitting that signal to their subscribers’ homes.

“Despite continuing discussions, Dish Network indicated on December 31 it would no longer carry KTKA-ABC as of January 1, 2009,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, company spokesperson.

Dish Network has refused terms that other video providers deemed acceptable. Agreements have been reached with all other local television distributors in KTKA’s viewing area.

Most disappointingly, Dish Network has refused KTKA’s offer to continue carriage while negotiations continue, Preston-Cargill said. As a result, Dish Network is not giving their customers time to find alternate ways to get KTKA’s signal.

KTKA 49 ABC News is owned by Free State Communications LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The World Company. The World Company is a news and media communications company headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can call Dish Network at 1-888-284-7116.

Some Dish Network customers have told KTKA that they are not satisfied with the answers they are getting when calling that toll-free number. Another person to contact is Brody C. Eldridge, the Associate Corporate Counsel for Dish Network L.L.C. He is negotiating on behalf of Dish network. Eldridge's phone number is 1-303-723-1164. His fax number is 1-720-514-8462. His e-mail address is brody.eldridge@echostar.com

Questions About Dish Network Dropping KTKA

Q: Why didn’t Dish Network customers receive any notice of the elimination of KTKA from the channel line-up?

A: Dish Network representatives informed KTKA management at 5pm December 31 of the decision to remove the station from its channel line-up. KTKA’s offer of a contract extension to allow time for Dish Network customers to be notified was refused.

Q: What cable and video providers will carry KTKA-ABC?

A: In recent months, KTKA has worked with area satellite and cable providers to establish fair and reasonable compensation for their use of its broadcast signal as part of retransmission consent negotiations. We’re pleased to have reached agreements with Allegiance, Blue Valley Cable, Waterville Cable, Cox Communications, Eagle Communications, Galaxy Cable, Giant Communications, SCI Cable and AT&T. Agreements are pending with the following providers: Wamego Telecommunications, Mediacom and DirectTV.

One provider, Dish Networks, has refused terms acceptable to other providers and has refused to continue negotiations.

This means that KTKA is no longer carried on Dish Network effective January 1, 2009.

With your help, we hope to reopen negotiations and reach an agreement very soon so that Dish Network customers are disrupted as little as possible.

Q: What is Retransmission Consent?

A: Retransmission refers to the practice of cable operators and satellite providers pulling down a broadcaster’s over-the-air signal and then retransmitting that signal to their subscribers’ homes. KTKA benefits from the distribution of a strong clear signal provided by cable and satellite companies who carry the station. Cable and satellite providers’ benefit by being able to offer their customers a video product that includes award-winning local, sports and weather programming as well as top-rate ABC network content. Federal regulations give local broadcast stations the right to request payment for their signals.

Q: What’s preventing KTKA from reaching an agreement with Dish Network?

A: Agreements have been reached with all other local television distributors in KTKA’s viewing area. Dish Network has refused terms that other video providers deemed acceptable.

Q: What can I do as a Dish Network customer?

A: Contact Dish Network at 1-888-284-7116 and ask them to bring KTKA back.

Q: Is this related to the Feb. 17, 2009 Digital Transition?

A: No. Retransmission is not related to the digital transition on February 17, 2009. However, after that date Dish Network customers will be required to buy digital broadcast converters for every TV set that is not broadcast digital ready to continue to receive KTKA’s signal over the air.

Comments

Torch 5 years, 3 months ago

Nothing like un-biased reporting.

"Most disappointingly, Dish Network has refused KTKA’s offer to continue carriage while negotiations continue, Preston-Cargill said. As a result, Dish Network is not giving their customers time to find alternate ways to get KTKA’s signal."

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