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Cox, DISH set aside re-transmission dispute temporarily due to Coronavirus

Atlanta-based Cox Communications released the following statement regarding their re-transmission dispute with DISH Network:

“Our nation is facing an unprecedented health challenge due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help keep our communities safe and informed, Cox Media Group has worked closely with DISH Network to agree to set aside the contractual retransmission dispute between the two companies during this time for DISH to resume carriage of the Cox Media Group stations in the following markets:

·  Binghamton, NY

·  Syracuse, NY

·  Medford, OR

·  Spokane, WA

·  Yakima-Tri Cities, WA

·  Yuma, AZ

·  Alexandria, LA

·  Eureka, CA

·  Greenville-Greenwood, MS

·  Idaho Falls-Pocatello, ID

These stations provide critical local news, as well as network content from ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, and have all been blacked out by DISH since mid-January due to an ongoing contract dispute between CMG and DISH. All stations have now been restored by DISH to its lineup, effective immediately. This is an example of broadcasters and distributors setting aside their differences to ensure our communities are being served by their favorite local broadcast news outlets.

“From the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, our CMG newsrooms across the country have been working around the clock to provide accurate and up-to-date information to the communities we serve,” said Kim Guthrie, CEO of Cox Media Group. “We are pleased DISH has agreed to restore these channels on its line-up so that our viewers in these communities can be informed and able to make the right decisions for the safety of their families. We appreciate DISH’s cooperation in agreeing to suspend our dispute so that we can help our viewers navigate through this uncertain time.”

Retransmission fees are typically paid to local broadcast stations by a video distribution or cable television network as part of the broadcast television station’s consent to having its signals carried by the cable network.  The rationale for the transmission is that local broadcast stations should be compensated for the production of their content and the costs they incur for buying content.