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WYFF 4 returns to Dish Network

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A deal has been struck that will return television stations owned by Hearst Television to Dish Network.

The companies announced a retransmission agreement had been reached Wednesday, but terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Dish Network LLC and Hearst Television Inc. reached an impasse on an agreement in March following a brief extension of the contract between the two companies. A result of that impasse was the removal of television stations like WYFF 4 — a Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in the Upstate — from the Dish Network lineup.

“We are grateful to once again have Hearst Television stations providing Dish customers the quality local and national programming which we invest so heavily to offer our local communities,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb, in a news release issued by WYFF. “We are thankful to Dish subscribers and to our supportive advertisers for their extraordinary patience during this prolonged process.”

The impasse between the two companies surrounded the rates charged to carry local broadcast stations. Dish Network officials said their costs jumped from around $215 million in 2006 to nearly $7.7 billion in 2016. At the time of the impasse, Hearst Television said Dish was “seeking the right to carry our stations at below market rates, which is neither fair nor reasonable.”

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