Univision networks gone from Dish Network lineup

Univision stations have gone dark for Dish Network subscribers in Austin and a number of other cities.

The satellite provider removed the channels over the weekend, even though Univision says it had offered a two-week extension while contract talks continued.

Dish subscribers no longer have access to Univision, UniMás and Galavision, while folks who subscribe to Dish’s Sling streaming service have lost Univision, UniMás, Galavision, Univision Deportes Network and El Rey.

“It is outrageous that Dish has rejected our offer of a two-week contract extension to allow its customers and our viewers to continue to have access to Univision’s highly rated networks and stations,” Univision said in a written statement. “While Dish has routinely used blackouts against broadcasters – its 68 broadcast blackouts since 2010 are significantly more than any other distributor in that time – Univision expected Dish to take our negotiations and its commitment to Hispanic consumers seriously when it told its customers this week that it wanted to ‘reach a mutually beneficial deal’ for Univision’s ‘high quality content.’

“Instead of fulfilling its promise to its customers, Dish has chosen to devalue our programming, disingenuously offering a fraction of what it pays our English-language peers. We stand ready to continue negotiations and enter into a short-term extension to restore service, especially with Dish customers missing our coverage of the Mexican presidential election, which many are calling ‘the biggest election in Mexican history.’ Dish should do right by its Spanish-speaking audiences, agree to restore service, and negotiate a good faith agreement.”

Univision says it is the No. 3 most-watched network that Dish carries, regardless of language, and that its various networks combined account for 60 percent of Spanish-language viewership on the Dish Latino package.

DirecTV customers will keep 3 Austin stations, but Dish subscribers might lose KVUE

kxanOne satellite TV dispute has been resolved, but another still lingers.

Media General, the company that operates three Austin TV stations, says it has reached a new agreement with DirecTV that means NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO will remain a part of its channel lineup.

Dish Network, meanwhile, has yet to strike a new deal with Tegna, owner of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

An existing agreement that expired Sept. 30 was initially extended 24 hours, but the two sides said Thursday that they would up that to an eight-day extension because Hurricane Joaquin is approaching the East Coast, where Tegna owns several TV stations.

Cable and satellite TV providers are required by federal law to compensate broadcasters for carrying their signals. Those fees have been the sticking point in both the DirecTV and Dish Network negotiations, based upon public statements made by those involved.

Disputes with Dish, DirecTV could knock 4 Austin stations off the air

kxanDisputes between broadcasters and satellite TV providers could knock as many as four Austin TV stations off some channel lineups this week.

DirecTV has yet to reach a new agreement to carry dozens of stations nationwide operated by Media General, including Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO.

The current deal expires at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dish Network is in a similar standoff with Tegna, owner of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

The deadline for them to work things out is 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The sticking point in both the DirecTV and Dish Network negotiations is money, based upon public statements made by those involved. Cable and satellite TV providers are required by federal law to compensate broadcasters for carrying their signals.

Just last month, a similar dustup knocked Austin CBS affiliate KEYE and its Telemundo subchannel off the Dish Network lineup for about 24 hours.

KEYE to return to Dish Network lineup

KEYE airs CBS and Telemundo programming in Austin. (Image courtesy of KEYE)
KEYE airs CBS and Telemundo programming in Austin. (Image courtesy of KEYE)

Dish Network says it has reached a new deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group, clearing the way for more than 100 local TV stations nationwide to be restored to the satellite provider’s lineup.

In Austin, Dish Network customers lost Sinclair-owned KEYE, leaving them without access to CBS and Telemundo programming.

Terms of the new agreement were not released.

The blackout, which lasted about 24 hours, affected stations in 79 cities, according to Dish Network.

KEYE gone from Dish Network lineup

KEYE airs CBS and Telemundo programming in Austin. (Image courtesy of KEYE)
KEYE airs CBS and Telemundo programming in Austin. (Image courtesy of KEYE)

Dozens of local TV stations nationwide, including Austin’s KEYE, have been dropped from the Dish Network lineup.

The stations are operated by Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The move leaves a number of Central Texans without access to programming from CBS and Telemundo, which KEYE carries on a digital subchannel.

Cable and satellite TV providers must get permission to carry local stations via a retransmission agreement. Typically, the agreements require companies such as Dish to pay stations a monthly per-subscriber fee.

The deal between Dish and Sinclair actually expired earlier this month, but the two sides had agreed to a brief extension. That extension ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to posts on several Sinclair websites.

In addition to Austin, several other Texas cities have lost Sinclair stations, including San Antonio, where the company operates the NBC, Fox and CW affiliates.