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December 18, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Dish Network, in contract spat, pulls plug on KOMO

Sounds like negotiations between Dish Network and Seattle’s Fisher Communications — parent company of KOMO — are getting nasty.

Dish thought Fisher was asking too much during renegotiations of their distribution agreement, so the satellite TV company stopped broadcasting Fisher channels, including the local ABC and Univision broadcasts at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to this writeup in Multichannel News and a notice posted today at KOMO’s Web site.

The Multichannel report notes that in another recent contract dispute with a different broadcaster, Dish pulled the plug for three days before restoring delivery.

UPDATE: A reader in Yakima noted that it’s happening there as well – Fisher has stations around the region. Also, check the comments for a tip on how one Dish customer parlayed this snafu into a nice rebate…

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