Subscriber of the Dish Network packages know that the Tribune channels are removed from the Dish Network channels list. Forty-two channels owned by Tribune broadcasting were forced off the distribution system of Dish Network on 12 June, due to the expiry of the contract between Tribune broadcasting and Dish. Tribune executives were negotiating with Dish Network on the transmission fees, but these negotiations failed and Tribune network ran advertisement campaigns against Dish Network.
Dish later filed a lawsuit against Tribune network for running misleading campaigns. Tribune broadcasting has recently issued statement about the lawsuit against the company.
“For almost nine days, since the expiration of the contract between our companies, Tribune Broadcasting has tried repeatedly to engage in meaningful negotiations with Dish Network,” said Gary Weitman, Tribune Media’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations. “Instead, Dish has run to a courthouse to wage its campaign of delay and distraction, rather than sit down at the negotiating table and come to terms on a new contract. This lawsuit is baseless and we will respond to it in court. But it does nothing to restore service to millions of Dish subscribers in our markets across the country, which should be Dish’s primary concern.”
Tribune spokesperson said that they have repeatedly offered extension to Dish through August, but these offers were rejected by Dish. With the black out, millions of Dish subscribers missed the historic NBA and NHL finals, US Open Golf Tournament, and many other interesting shows and events.
“This is typical for Dish Network,” Weitman continued. “Dish constantly puts itself before the needs of its subscribers and our local viewers. Dish has forced other station groups and cable networks off its distribution system 15 times in the last three years – it’s one of the reasons the company has lost more than 150,000 subscribers in the last year alone.”
Subscribers need to wait until an agreement is made between Tribune and Dish Network for the transmission to resume.