Dish Network and Fisher Communications announced they have settled a contract spat that kept Fisher stations such as KOMO-TV off the satellite service since December.
The agreement comes on the eve of the digital broadcasting transition, when cable and satellite customers across the country will have the option of getting ABC and other networks’ broadcasts free in high-definition.
In their announcement, the companies said they have reached “a multi-year agreement that provides for the distribution of Fisher stations in seven markets on Dish Network. As part of the agreement, ongoing litigation between the two companies was ended.”
With haggling over contract terms resolved for now, Dish resumed broadcasts of Fisher stations at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Stations back on the network are KOMO and KUNS in Seattle; KATU and KUNP in Portland; KIMA in Yakima; KVAL in Eugene; KBCI in Boise; KIDK in Idaho Falls; and KBAK and KBFX in Bakersfield, Calif.