Statement Regarding Dish Network
Sinclair Broadcast Group began informing its viewers on August 3rd, 2012 that it does not expect the Dish Network to continue to carry any of Sinclair’s stations after the existing carriage agreement terminates on August 15, 2012. Although Dish and Sinclair have been negotiating for quite some time in an effort to reach a new agreement, at this time it does not appear that these efforts will be successful. Although Sinclair does not believe that it is constructive to negotiate its private business relationships in public, Sinclair is informing the public in advance of the end of carriage because it is aware of the impact on a segment of the public from the end of the relationship between the Sinclair stations and Dish.
We are very sorry that we have not been able to reach agreement with Dish and regret the inconvenience this will cause to Dish subscribers who want to continue to watch the extremely popular programming that airs on our stations. We wish to remind these subscribers that numerous other means exist for receiving our stations, including your local cable provider, DirecTV, and in some markets either Verizon FiOS or AT&T U-verse, as well as over-the air. Also we suggest that you call Dish at 1-888-926-5457 and let them know you want them to continue to carry your local stations.
Answers to some of the questions you may have about this matter are set forth below. We appreciate your understanding and patience with regard to this matter. Thank you.