DISH Has Taken Away Access to your Favorite NBC Programming, Local News, Weather and Sports

Q: How can DISH just cut off access to a local broadcast station when local broadcast is so important for communities?

A: Unfortunately, DISH has dropped hundreds of essential local broadcast stations since the start of the pandemic. In fact, DISH drops more TV channels than any other pay-TV company in America, by far. Regardless, we are committed to reaching fair deals with every pay-TV company because that’s how we are able to deliver the absolute best local news and weather, sports and entertainment, and to be there when our neighbors need us.

We hope DISH appreciates how important access to our station is and restores your access to the channels you deserve by reaching a fair, market-based agreement.

Q: How can I watch my favorite sports, news and entertainment programs?

A: You have choices. Our station is available on other service providers in our community. Fortunately, everywhere DISH is available, DIRECTV is too. DIRECTV is offering $150 prepaid VISA gift cards for DISH customers who switch. Visit the “Switch Now” section of this website to learn more about your options to get your channels back.

Q: Why is DISH refusing to reach an agreement to carry your station?

A: We cannot speak for DISH. But here is what you should know: We are committed to reaching fair, market-based agreements with every pay-TV company. We’ve successfully reached hundreds of multi-year deals with distributors across the country over the past several years, including Comcast, Cox, DIRECTV and many others. Unfortunately, DISH drops more channels than any pay-TV company in the country, forcing customers to pay the price for their refusal to negotiate fair deals by depriving their customers of hundreds of channels at a time. We’ve learned that DISH announced an additional charge of $5 per month to customers, while offering fewer channels. Consider switching to one of the many providers that continue to carry our station and learn more about your options at the “Switch Now” section of this website.

Q: I have heard DISH say that they want to carry local stations, but programmers simply won’t let them carry the station anymore. Is that true?

A: No. Having dropped more than 230 channels last year alone, DISH knows perfectly well this is misleading. In fact, every channel on the dial requires an underlying agreement for DISH to carry it. And it is DISH, not us, that has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal.

Q: Why should DISH have to pay to carry station programming when the signal is free over-the-air?

A: Our signal is free to viewers, not to DISH. Broadcast stations like ours are a big part of DISH’s value to viewers and all we ask for is fair compensation for that value – after all, we are working harder and investing more in our programming and local communities than ever before.

Q: I have heard DISH say that programmers demanding big fee increases, which would lead to higher bills. Is that true?

A: No. That is an example of DISH misleading its own customers. In fact, DISH has dropped hundreds of channels in just the past two years, but its prices didn’t come down at all. The fact is, DISH just announced they are going to charge customers $5 more every month, despite offering fewer channels. By contrast, we have reached deals with hundreds of pay-TV providers – all of which felt they were able to reach a fair deal with us while continuing to offer value to their subscribers.

Q: Isn’t it unfair that I lost 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 and you shouldn’t miss one minute of the programming you love. Consider switching to one of the many providers that continue to carry our station and learn more about your options at the “Switch Now” section of this website.