The latest update from my missing local channel:
UPDATE, Feb. 16: We wanted to update everyone on where we stand with DISH. On February 9th we made a very fair and reasonable offer for DISH to begin carrying KAKE again. Believe it or not, we have heard nothing—not a peep—since that date.
We understand your frustration, but please understand that we are frustrated too. DISH is the exception in our company’s experience with these matters. We have been successful in maintaining carriage with every other provider in the market. That’s worth repeating: we have never had a carriage disruption, at any time, with any other provider.
Perhaps the reason is that DISH, a company with a 21 billion dollar market cap, doesn’t really care about viewers or our local communities. Ask yourself, if you were truly interested in restoring KAKE to the DISH Network, whether you would not even respond to the other side’s offer for more than week?
At this point we strongly advise you to consider all alternative options to view KAKE and our local news and weather reporting. We have long-term deals with every other cable and satellite provider, and our signal is available over the air with an antenna. We wish it were otherwise, but we just don’t believe DISH has any interest in completing a deal, particularly after they refused to respond to our most recent effort to restore KAKE.
How do you know what Dish - or the channel itself - is actually doing in negotiations? I've had satellite for more than 20 years and that's what's said everytime, you're believing propaganda. The bottom line is that the greedy network wants more money to air their station and Dish is (hopefully) fighting back.
I would like to get straight information from DISH. Dishpromise.com has basically no information while KTEN provides weekly updates. Now I have no way of knowing who is being truthful, but the lack of information from DISH lends
more credibility to KTEN's updates.
DISH has said that they offered to pay current rate and then pay the negotiated rate retroactively. KTEN's station manager emailed me a response thatn they did not. How do we knowm who to believe.
I do undestand that DISH is negotiating with Lockwood Broadcasting. It's just easier for me to use my local stations call letters. I do think that KTEN's general manager would have some insite into the negotiations. I also am not sure that I believe all brodcasters follow lock step behind the NAB.