Attention DISH Subscribers
10/1/15 UPDATE: In an effort to reach a fair, long-term contract with DISH, we have agreed to an eight-day extension in our ongoing negotiations. During this extension period, our station remains available to DISH customers. If no deal is reached by Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m., you will no longer have access to our station.
Starting at 7 p.m. October 9, WMAZ may not be available on DISH. That means you could lose access to your favorite CBS programming, including NFL football, SEC college football, entertainment programming such as NCIS, Survivor, CSI and the Amazing Race and the Big Bang Theory, as well as your local news, weather and sports. Tell DISH to keep WMAZ, by calling 1-855-318-0572.
Information about WMAZ on DISH
In order for our station, WMAZ, to be delivered to your home, we negotiate agreements for the rights to carry our station with video service providers like DISH. WMAZ has agreements in place with all of the video providers in our area, including Charter, Comcast, Cox and DirecTV. In fact, we have never had a service disruption with a major distributor before. Over the past several years, we have successfully reached multi-year agreements with some of the largest distributors in the country, including Charter, Comcast, Cox Cable and Cable One without any disruption for our viewers.
Unfortunately, so far DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us – even though the terms being offered are similar to those which allowed us to reach deals with these other providers. If a deal is not reached by 7 p.m. on October 9, DISH subscribers could lose access to WMAZ.
Q: Why is DISH refusing to reach an agreement to carry WMAZ ?
A: We cannot speak for DISH. But here is what our viewers should know: WMAZ is committed to reaching fair, market-based agreements with all the video service providers in our area. Our track record proves it. We have never had a service disruption with a major distributor. In fact, over the past few years we reached multi-year deals with cable and satellite companies all across the country, including Charter, Comcast, Cox Cable and Cable One. The terms we are discussing with DISH are along the same lines as those that allowed us to reach deals with all those companies. So it has been disappointing that so far DISH has refused to reach an agreement.
Unfortunately, in recent months DISH has demonstrated a disturbing willingness to take stations away from its viewers. In fact, just this past August DISH blacked out broadcast networks in multiple markets across the country, impacting millions of families like yours. It is our sincere hope that DISH does not go down that same road in this case.
Q: If WMAZ is off the DISH programming lineup, what can I do to avoid missing my favorite sports, news and entertainment programs?
A: The good news is that you have choices. First, WMAZ is available on other video service providers in our area including Charter, Comcast, Cox and DirecTV and you can always get WMAZ free over-the-air.
Q: I have heard DISH say that WMAZ is demanding a big fee increase, which would lead to higher satellite bills. Is that true?
A: WMAZ has successfully negotiated agreements with all the other providers in our area based on the same basic terms that are being offered to DISH.
In fact, over the past few years we reached deals with cable and satellite companies all across the country. Those providers all felt that they were able to reach a fair deal with us, while continuing to offer value to their subscribers and there is no reason why this negotiation with DISH should be different.
Q: Isn’t it unfair that I lose access to a channel that I’m paying for just because two companies can’t reach a deal?
A: We agree – it is unfair. After all, you pay your bill to DISH every month. You deserve the full set of channels you are paying for. That is why we are working hard to reach a fair, market-based deal with DISH based on similar terms to the deals we have with the other providers in our area.