This is an important message for DISH Network subscribers.
The current retransmission agreement between NBC 10's parent company Media General and DISH Network expired on September 30, 2013 at midnight. As a result DISH, by law, cannot carry our station on its for-profit satellite system.
Media General has reached hundreds of fair, market-based agreements over many years with every other cable, satellite and telephone company that carries our stations on their Pay-TV systems.
Local television stations provide 35% of the total audience to pay-TV companies, yet local broadcasters receive only 7% of the total fees paid by these companies and DISH does not want to pay what amounts to pennies a day to provide our station in its channel lineup.
Such agreements between local television stations and pay-TV distributors are successfully completed with no disruption in service 99% of the time and Media General stations have never experienced a disruption of service with any Pay-TV company because of an impasse.
On the other hand, local stations are blacked out on DISH more than on any other pay-TV system. DISH subscribers have had at least 28 disruptions in service in the past three years alone, more than any other video distributor.
We understand this is frustrating for DISH customers and we share your frustration.
The last thing we want is for our station to be absent from the DISH channel lineup.
Viewers may continue to watch our local news, sports and network programming by switching to an alternative pay-TV service provider, and we are always available for free over the air.
Viewers can receive updates and register their support for NBC 10 by visiting www.dontdropWJAR.com. Viewers can also make their voices heard by calling DISH Network at 1-888-615-3725 and let DISH know how much you value our station and that you want it back on their satellite system.