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.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk