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WYFF among Hearst stations dropped off Dish Network

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Negotiations between Hearst Television Inc. and Dish Network have reached an impasse meaning Hearst broadcast stations are no longer carried on the satellite television provider.

According to a news release, Hearst — parent company to WYFF 4, an NBC affiliate in the Upstate — granted a 48-hour extension of the contract, but the talks yielded no result. WYFF and other Hearst stations were removed from Dish Network on March 3.

John Humphries, WYFF 4 president and general manager said, in a statement, that terms offered by Dish Network to Hearst “are less than favorable than our current agreement” and that Dish Network is “seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.”

He added the station has not been “blacked out” and WYFF can still be viewed over local cable providers or with an antenna.

According to a separate release from Dish Network, the satellite provider said rates to carry local broadcast stations jumped from around $215 million in 2006 to an estimated $7.7 billion in 2016. Dish claims Hearst “refused Dish’s offer to match the rates paid by other pay-TV providers.”

“While we are listening to customers and working on their behalf to keep their TV bills manageable, Hearst is again turning its back on its public interest obligations and using innocent consumers as bargaining chips,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish Network executive vice president of programming, in the Dish statement. “With Dish willing to grant an extension and a retroactive true-up on rates, Hearst had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by leaving the channels up.”

Hearst Television Inc. stations were dropped from DirecTV following a breakdown in negotiations between the two companies in December. However, the issue was resolved about a week after the stations were dropped.

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April 24, 2017

I got tired of losing channels many years ago! So I got both Dish and Direct and divided my programming between the two of them. Instead if Dish getting $200.00 each month they now get half. Also when one or the other takes away one of my locals I order all of my PPV's on the other so that their competition gets more money. Problem solved :)

April 12, 2017

So basically we have to spend more money to get the equipment back that we did away for dish network. Just suck it up and give us back our NBC network!!!

April 12, 2017

We hope that you are able to come to an agreement with Hearst so viewers can resume viewing Chanel 4.

April 12, 2017

I enjoy (or use to) your news and Today Show. Hearst TV and Dish are Big companies. Just settle this or you both will loose. I have cancelled two of my subscriptions to Hearst Magazines and beginning to get use to Channel 7 and 13. Edith Brown