One of the leading satellite/cable providers in the country, Dish Network recently announced that they have dropped MyNetworkTV, CW, and CBS programming from the Dish Network channel list in Oklahoma. In addition to that, reports from several sources indicate that Dish Network subscribers in Tulsa will not be able to access KOTV Channel 6 and Tulsa CW (KQCW). Similarly, Dish subscribers in Oklahoma City will lose access to both KWTV Channel 9 and MyNetworkTV (KSBI).
The blackout of these channels is because Dish Network and Griffin Communications failed to sign a new contract after the recent expiry of their previous contract. Griffin Communications is the parent company of MYNetworkTV, Tulsa CW, News On 6, KSBI, and News 9. However, reports indicate that the negotiations between both the parties are still going on and the dispute might end in a few weeks’ time.
In a recent statement, the president of Griffin Communications, David Griffin said, “As an Oklahoma-based, family-owned company, we simply want to be fairly compensated for the product we provide Dish customers. The amount we are asking is similar to what other cable and satellite systems are currently paying Griffin Communications. We are so sorry that our viewers are caught in the middle and we appreciate their support. We want nothing more than to continue to provide quality, local and CBS programming for viewers.”
On the other hand, Dish Network said that, “Your channel owner is being greedy and demanding an unreasonable increase that’s much more than what they’ve ever received before and for the exact same channels. Unfortunately, disputes between pay-TV providers and channel owners are not uncommon. All pay-TV providers face disputes with channel owners.”
Commenting on that, Griffin said that the “funds received from cable and satellite systems are kept in Oklahoma to provide local news, weather and sports in our communities.” He added, “We appreciate you watching News 9 and News On 6, and we will update you on our progress as we continue to negotiate in good faith with Dish to avoid further service disruption.”
The blackout of CW Network means that Dish Network subscribers will not be able to access and watch popular TV shows such as The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and many more, which are scheduled to hit the screens this month after the mid-season break. However, reports indicate that the blackout of CW Network might end before these TV shows start airing.