Coming off a hectic two weeks of broadcast retransmission negotiations, the Dish Network had some happy news to announce Thursday night about upgrading its user experience.
Dish Network inked its second significant broadcast retransmission renewal in less than a week, announcing a deal Wednesday with Nexstar Broadcasting Group.
Dish Network wants to charge ahead with a plan to launch its new OTT service without broadcast channels being offered to subscribers in the basic tier, keeping the base price at around $30.
After fighting hard in federal court to keep "AutoHop" legal, Dish Network has effectively used the commercial-skipping DVR feature as a key bargaining chip in retrans talks with the networks that sued it.
Plunging new frontiers of exhaustion, Dish Network's program licensing team finds itself in another down-to-the-wire retrans renewal negotiation, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group granting a third extension to the satellite operator Tuesday as talks continue.
Updated: After culminating weeks of tense negotiations with a brief blackout, CBS Corp. announced in the wee hours Saturday morning that it had reached a new wide-reaching program licensing deal with Dish Network.
CBS Corp. has not executed on a threatened blackout of its stations and cable channels on Dish Network, as the two sides continue to negotiate renewals of retrans and carriage agreements.
After independently sending scathing anti-merger letters to the FCC for months, a group of pay-TV companies, programmers, labor unions and public interest groups have banded together to form the "Stop Mega Comcast" coalition.
CBS threatened Tuesday to remove its owned and operated stations and Showtime from Dish Network if renewals for retransmission and carriage aren't completed by Thursday at 7 p.m. EST.
Dish Network continues to grind its way through a complex, three-pronged web of program-licensing negotiations, carving out a short-term extension on Tuesday that keeps four Comcast-owned regional sports networks on the satellite service's program guide.