United Communications Corp., parent company of two Watertown television stations, says the DISH satellite TV service has dropped their two stations over a continuing disagreement.
But Dish says UCC made the decision to block the two stations from the satellite, CBS affiliate WWNY and Fox affiliate WNYF, effective today.
“This service disruption comes despite ongoing negotiations between the two parties in an effort to reach a new carriage agreement,” Dish said in a news release. “Although DISH offered to accept the broadcaster’s rates for continued carriage, United has refused DISH the legal right to carry these channels at this time.”
“We have agreed to key financial terms, yet United has chosen to bring consumers into an avoidable dispute by blocking customers’ access to these CBS and Fox affiliates,” said Sruta Vootukuru, DISH director of programming. “United seems to have drifted away from its public service commitment to communities, but DISH remains ready to work with United to bring local content back to viewers.”
On its web site, WWNY says DISH stopped carrying the two stations after an extension of an agreement between DISH and WWNY's parent company expired early today.
Their previous agreement expired in July.
WWNY says DISH is “demanding that WWNY/WNYF accept contract language that would violate contracts for the programming the stations carry from various sources including the CBS and FOX networks,” a spokesman for the Wisconsin-based company that owns WWNY.”
He said it was Dish’s decision to drop the stations.
WWNY's story can be seen here: