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.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk