Aug. 10--DISH Network customers have regained access to the Columbus ABC affiliate, WTVM 9, after the satellite TV company and Raycom Media reached an agreement Friday in 36 markets.
For more than a week, DISH customers who tried to watch the Raycom-owned station saw only a blue screen because it had been blocked. Terms of the agreement between the Montgomery, Ala.-based Raycom Media and Englewood, Colo., DISH Network were not disclosed, but it includes 36 markets, including WTVM in Columbus, the companies said in a joint release.
DISH Network Corporation, through its subsidiary DISH Network, provides about 14 million satellite TV customers with programming that includes more than 200 high-definition channels.
Raycom Media is one of the largest broadcasters in the nation. The company owns or provides services for 52 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. It has a staff of nearly 3,600 in full and part-time positions and its stations cover 12.6 percent of television households in the nation. Spokespersons weren't available for Raycom Media nor DISH Network.
Before the agreement was reached, DISH had said these Raycom TV stations/networks and cities were impacted by the contract issue: Cleveland, Ohio (CBS); Panama City, Fla. (Fox); Montgomery, Ala. (NBC); Knoxville, Tenn. (Fox); Savannah, Ga. (CBS); Toledo, Ohio (CBS, Fox); Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (NBC); Cincinnati, Ohio (Fox); Jonesboro, Ark. (ABC); Tyler-Longview, Texas (ABC); Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. (ABC); Paducah, Ky. (CBS); Honolulu, Hawaii (CBS and NBC); Tucson, Ariz. (CBS); Shreveport, La. (CBS); Baton Rouge, La. (CBS); Charlotte, N.C. (CBS); Charleston, S.C. (CBS); Ottumwa-Kirksville, Mo. (Fox); Birmingham, Ala. (Fox); Dothan, Ala. (Fox); West Palm Beach, Fla. (Fox); Augusta, Ga. (Fox); Lubbock, Texas (NBC); Lake Charles, La. (NBC); Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. (NBC); Albany, Ga. (NBC); Louisville, Ky. (NBC); Hattiesburg-Laurel, Miss. (NBC); Wilmington, N.C. (NBC and Fox); Evansville, Ind. (NBC); Columbia, S.C. (NBC); Jackson, Miss. (NBC); Florence-Myrtle Beach, Fla. (NBC); and Memphis, Tenn. (NBC). DISH said the CW and MyNetworkTV channels in Baton Rouge, Cleveland, Honolulu, Paducah and Richmond-Petersburg also were affected.
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