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Peachtree TV off Dish Network

Martin Pradio may not end up on Peachtree TV for Dish customers if they don't come to an agreement. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Martin Prado may not end up on Peachtree TV for Dish customers if they don't come to an agreement. CREDIT: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

For the past few days, Peachtree TV has been off Dish Network in a disagreement over how much Dish should pay for the privilege in “retransmission” fees.

This move has generated very little buzz with the readers here. (I have received exactly one inquiry about it.)

Peachtree TV plays primarily movies and old sitcoms that can be seen elsewhere. And Dish Network subscribers represent a modest sliver of people in Atlanta.

Complaints, though, will be much greater if a deal isn’t settled by April, when Braves games begin airing. (The network will air 45 games this season.)

Here’s part of the Peachtree TV press release:

Please know that we have tried very hard to reach an agreement with Dish Network, so that our viewers would not have to miss any of our station’s programming.   If Dish Network removes our signal, you will miss popular Peachtree TV programs such as Big Bang Theory, The Office, and Meet the Browns, as well as SEC football and basketball and Braves games.

We are disappointed in the outcome of our negotiations, especially since we have successfully reached agreements with every major cable and satellite company that recognizes our fair market value. The fact is that we are only asking Dish Network for pennies a day from your bill for our programming. Without fair and equitable treatment, local TV stations will not be able to continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment, and other local programming that is most important to you.

We will continue to negotiate with Dish Network. Unfortunately, we do not know if, or when, we will reach an agreement. In the meantime, we hope you will continue to support local television and watch us through alternative means.  You may watch us for free over the air waves, or you may choose to subscribe to another provider which carries Peachtree TV and all of the local television stations in our market.

We also encourage you to continue to call Dish Network and tell them you want WPCH Peachtree TV back. You can reach Dish Network by calling 1-800-823-4929.

A Dish Network spokesman released this statement in response:

“Turner Broadcasting, the owner of WPCH in Atlanta, opted not to renew its carriage rights with DISH Network, and now Turner is making outrageous demands in exchange for DISH Network’s ability to continue providing that channel to DISH customers. We are determined to hold the line against unreasonable costs, so that we can protect our customers against the same. We have successfully negotiated retransmission consent agreements with dozens of other broadcasters in recent weeks, and thousands over the years; so we know with certainty that our offers have been fair and reasonable. Turner has been neither fair nor reasonable.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

24 comments Add your comment

C. Mark Willix

February 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

I haven’t cared a thing about Channel 17 since it split off the TBS Superstation and dropped Andy Griffith. As an Atlanta native I have fond memories of Brave’s rain delays covered by the clan from Mayberry.

Mike

February 3rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Don’t have Dish anymore, but this is the reason I also have an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. If there’s a dispute between any of the local channels and whatever pay TV service I subscribe to, I’ll still be able get the locals. Picture quality is actually better on the antenna feed. Thinking about dumping the pay TV altogether, too.

Nia

February 3rd, 2012
1:44 pm

Well… I have comcast so I’m ok. :-)

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Hollywould

February 3rd, 2012
2:08 pm

It will be worked out by baseball season.

Eddie Jewell

February 3rd, 2012
2:33 pm

I have Dish and appreciate them protecting their customers from higher prices. This too shall pass, and 17 will be back again.

J-J

February 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

love Dish–would not change because of the missing channel. Enjoying the other channels. If it was TNT or USA or HGTV would change in a heartbeat. Oh, not a fan of WPCH

john

February 3rd, 2012
7:03 pm

Bring back WPCH and take 2 or 3 espn channels in payment.

Tired of this crap

February 3rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Went through this with DISH and FOX a couple of years ago. Missed Braves playoff games because they couldn’t get their crap together. Will be seriously ticked if I miss Braves games because of this. But damn, it does seem like DISH is being held hostage.

John

February 3rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Turner sold Peachtree

rooster

February 3rd, 2012
11:39 pm

Most of the metro area can get Peachtree TV over the air for free. Use your cable box for cable channels, but use an antenna for local channels. The picture is better over the air than through cable or satellite.

OldSnarky

February 4th, 2012
4:19 am

Amen, Mike. Same reason I installed a good antenna system. Regardless of who the bad guys are here, I am tired of channels being blocked while the greedy parties squabble over fees. If we could get enough people to do the same, we might could get their attention.

Atlantarama

February 4th, 2012
5:45 am

This is why we should be able to pay separately for each channel. I think ESPN costs $5/month per subscriber. If the subscribers were given the choice, the networks would be forced to make prices reasonable to be attractive to viewers.

Brad

February 4th, 2012
6:13 am

This is a mixed blessing. At least I done have to sit there and watch ANOTHER epic choke by the Braves!

Bill

February 4th, 2012
7:39 am

I dropped comcast a couple of years ago, picked up an antenna, get over 20 channels with better picture quality than I ever had and it’s all free. When cable rates rise, I just sit back slam down a microbrew beer and laugh.

2nd Cup

February 4th, 2012
11:22 am

Time-Warner owns WPCH–Turner just holds the license. Why don’t cable and satellite companies just remove channels nobody watches, like countless infomercial channels or the west feeds of channels we get in the East?

COLL

February 4th, 2012
12:34 pm

I find it interesting that neither side gave us any actual numbers in their statements. I would say, “SHOW ME THE MONEY” trail. To be honest, I distrust Dish more than Peachtree TV.

RDvegas

February 4th, 2012
2:36 pm

WPCH is seen in Canada by viewers of Bell ExpressVu and Rogers Star Choice. The station can also be viewed within the US by the Canadian sat companies grey market (not pirate) subscribers.

dish customer

February 5th, 2012
7:42 am

I called up and complained and they gave me $10 off my bill for three months. I have never watched the channel.

OverTheAir

February 5th, 2012
11:13 am

Over the air TV all the way!

God-awful

February 6th, 2012
2:45 pm

I have DirecTV, and I’d like to know who’s responsible for the advertising crawl that runs under each week’s new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS. It says something like: “Dish Network no longer carries Peachtree TV, so please contact…to let them know you want it back.”

Why am I seeing this crawl if I’m on DirecTV? I couldn’t care less about Dish Network and their negotiations. For what it’s worth, the crawl looks really cheap and hasty like something a local station would throw up for a weather alert.

Rodney Ho

February 6th, 2012
2:47 pm

@God-awful. CBS Atlanta operates Peachtree TV for Turner. And since they air Big Bang on CBS and on Peachtree TV, it’s a cross-promotional thing.

DivePlay

February 6th, 2012
3:46 pm

Thanks for answering @God-awful, Rodney. I’ve been seeing the same crawl on CBS while watching OTA for the last week…I was wondering why they would be showing a crawl for Peachtree TV. Now I know!

Jesse

February 10th, 2012
12:33 pm

I’m missing Peachtree. They and TBS play practically the same stuff, but not at the same time. So, when TBS is showing one of my lesser favorite shows like Friends or anything Tyler Perry does, I can usually flip it over to Peachtree and see King of Queens or My Name is Earl. But that is no more, I suppose. I read someone called and complained and got some money back; my mom did that as well. I hope I’ll still be able to watch the Braves somewhere…