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Peachtree TV still off Dish Network


Back in January, I reported that Dish Network had taken Peachtree TV off its network over a contract dispute. Unfortunately, two months later, the dispute continues but the stakes are going up. Why? The Atlanta Braves.

Most of what Peachtree TV offers (films, sitcoms such as “House of Payne” and “The Big Bang Theory”) can be found elsewhere.

But in April, the Atlanta Braves begin their season and 45 of the games this season will air on Peachtree TV, the first on April 13 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Dedicated Braves fans who happen to get Dish TV won’t be happy.

Dish pays cable networks “retransmission” fees for the privilege of airing their content. ESPN gets the most. A network like Peachtree TV? Not nearly as much. But for both sides, every penny counts.

These disputes pop up on occasion. In 2010, Dish cut off FX and Fox Sports over a similar dispute. That was resolved about a month later.

CBS Atlanta, WGCL-TV, actually operates Peachtree TV, which is owned by Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting. That is why you see crawls on CBS Atlanta about the situation. (One person emailed me this past weekend irritated that the crawl was superseding the NCAA scores.)

(If you want to watch Peachtree TV for free, you just need a digital antenna. Or you can sign up for another service.)

UPDATE: Dish Network on Monday, April 2, sent me a comment, which provides no real new information:

“DISH Network continues negotiating with the owners of Peachtree TV for the right to provide DISH customers in Georgia with access to the Peachtree TV channel and its full complement of Atlanta Braves games that begin April 13. We have met Peachtree’s demands on increased prices over multiple years, and we remain hopeful that we will complete the contract soon. The next step is up to Peachtree. We urge DISH customers to call them at (404) 325-4646 and demand the end to Peachtree’s procrastination on making this deal happen.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

24 comments Add your comment


March 28th, 2012
9:06 am

I wasn’t the one that e-mailed Rodney. I didn’t even watch a single game!


March 28th, 2012
9:17 am

Seems life was simpler when all we had was the Big 3. Money always wins.


March 28th, 2012
9:18 am

I finally broke down and hooked up an antenna so I can get Peachtree TV. Stupid Dish Network!


March 28th, 2012
9:23 am

When Dish cut off Fox Sports during the 2010 end of season run, I cut bait and got Directv (and really like it much better).

When I called Dish to cancel my service, they offered me a lot of incentives to stay. Would have cut my bill by a third for 12 months.

So – those of you with Dish Network, just call and threaten to cancel your service because you can’t watch the Braves on Peachtree TV. Even if you don’t plan to cancel, the call will probably save you a few bucks through their effort to retain you.

dennis montecalvo

March 28th, 2012
9:32 am

could care less about watching a bunch of millionaires play a dumb boring ballgame

Big Moe

March 28th, 2012
10:42 am

As a person who has been using a digital antenna all along, my Peachtree TV reception still works just fine.

Also, I am still NOT getting a monthly of up to $89 to watch Peachtree TV.

Big Moe

March 28th, 2012
10:46 am

Paying for commercial-laden, sponsored broadcast TV service BLOWS.


NOT paying for (& still getting) commercial-laden, sponsored broadcast TV over an digital antenna with no bills or customer “service” ROCKS.


March 28th, 2012
10:57 am

We’re giving cable the heave-ho this summer (except for internet) and going OTA. Only baseball issue that brings up is all the FSS and SS games. Guess I’ll be getting the MLB TV package for the price of one month’s cable bill and get all the baseball I care to watch. I’ll just have to watch the Braves on delay, but I rarely got to watch the games when they were live anyway.

Sad thing is, HD reception with an OTA antenna is better than through cable. Shouldn’t be that way, but it is.


March 28th, 2012
12:14 pm

I wish they would quit running the message about it on the bottom of my TV screen during the NCAA basketball games. I can’t see the score when they run that message!


March 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

Dear WGCL, Please STOP the annoying crawls…no one cares about DISH!

mystery poster

March 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

@ Big Moe: “NOT paying for (& still getting) commercial-laden, sponsored broadcast TV over an digital antenna with no bills or customer “service” ROCKS”

I’ve become somewhat of a jerk about it. When I go to the market and the vendors from dish, cable, or whatever try to sign me up, I always say: “If you can beat what I’m paying now I’ll gladly get your service.” They ask, “What are you paying now?” Me: “NOTHING.”

We cut cable for OTA 3 years ago and would never go back. I can’t believe I paid Comcast all those years.


March 29th, 2012
9:31 am

Thank you for explaining why I get those annoying crawls. They really did interrupt the NCAA game flow and you could not see the score at critical times. Fot this simple fact I will always choose another channel for news etc. No more CBS 46, even though I enjoy their Better Mornings show. Weather breakins and radar on a portion of the screen I can understand, but this is just promotion and should not be run during a live sporting event.

An another note, I watch most of the Braves games and if I had DISH I would change providers for sure. I have DirecTV, they have their issues as well, but overall its a great product for sports fans.

Sandy Springs guy

March 29th, 2012
10:44 am

Thanks for the info! I’ve been wondering why I only see that Dish Network crawl while watching The Good Wife on CBS. now it makes sense.

gary metzger

March 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

I`m 65 years old been watching the braves since 1958 what is the phone number to call and complain


March 29th, 2012
1:26 pm

Just shows how much Channel 17 has declined. It was better off being the Superstation. Thanks a lot Time-Warner!

Early Cuyler

March 29th, 2012
3:43 pm

If you care about sports, then you have no business on DISH to begin with.


March 30th, 2012
12:04 pm

Dish Network’s contract to carry WPCH Peachtree TV on its system has expired, Dish Network no longer has the right to carry Peachtree TV programming. It’s a lose lose for both. But to say DISH “cut off ” P’tree TV is inaccurate. If Dish agrees to P’tree TV demands they ultimately will have to pass that increase on to their subscribers.


March 30th, 2012
12:15 pm

CBS Atlanta needs to STOP doing the crawls about this during the NCAA Tournament Games! I understand they operate PeachtreeTV BUT CBS Atlanta IS NOT PTV! It’s really annoying when it covers the score up! If the y want to get the message out then do it during commercials! Plus they don’t even mention Dish’s chief competitor & the best TV provider DirecTV!


April 2nd, 2012
6:21 am

dish sucks anyway


April 2nd, 2012
6:58 am

I have noticed that all of the Friday and Saturday games (ones not on the big FOX Saturday) are going to be on Peachtree TV this year. Only one week in June will all the games be on Peachtree TV.


April 2nd, 2012
6:59 am

Enter your comments here


April 2nd, 2012
10:39 am

“Sad thing is, HD reception with an OTA antenna is better than through cable. Shouldn’t be that way, but it is.”

Actually, via cable / satellite they deal with compression issues in order to deliver the content. OTA does not have this issue, so this is why it will always come in clearer. (Given a solid signal, of course)

Larry Nicholson

April 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

Just called Peachtree TV at the number above. A guy answered and when I told him I was a Dish Network customer he told me to hold. Then hung up on me!!! I called right back and got an answering machine. What the heck???????

J. Sellers

April 3rd, 2012
7:38 pm

The big money people are always tryng to squeeze a little more out of us. starting to morrow I am dumping dishs and cable. I remember when I could get cable for 7 dollars a month, but thats they way with big business. Let make it now while we can.