Blackout ends, KVUE returns to Dish Network lineup

Austin ABC affiliate KVUE is back on the Dish Network lineup after a brief blackout that lasted almost two days. 

Tegna, the company that owns KVUE, had been unable to reach a new agreement with Dish, even after a pair of extensions. 

The sticking point, according to both sides, was retransmission fees cable and satellite TV providers are required by law to pay broadcasters in exchange for carrying their signals. 

In a news release last week, Dish alleged Tegna was asking for almost double what it had been receiving. Tegna, meanwhile, said it was only seeking the same amount many other cable and satellite companies were already paying. 

In addition to Austin, Tegna stations in almost 40 cities nationwide went dark, including ones in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. 

Earlier this year, a similar dispute between Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group knocked about 100 stations off the air across the United States, including local CBS affiliate KEYE. 

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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