DISH, Nexstar avoid blackout with long-term carriage deal

Michelle Clancy | 12 December 2014

After many words and a series of extensions, DISH Network and Nexstar Broadcasting have inked a long-term broadcast retransmission renewal, averting a major TV blackout across the US.

The agreement covers 60 stations in 46 markets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW, Telemundo and MyNetworkTV affiliates. The deal was a while in coming; on Monday, Nexstar granted DISH a third extension to the companies’ previous agreement to prevent a blackout.

“Nexstar is delighted that DISH subscribers in its markets will have uninterrupted access to leading network content from [the national networks] as well as local news and other programming produced specifically for local communities,” Nexstar said in a statement. “Nexstar is also proud of the fact that no material service interruptions related to distribution agreements have occurred with its station group since 2005.”

DISH just sealed a new deal with CBS/Showtime, and is still working under extended agreements with Turner Networks and Comcast regional sports networks.

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