Raycom, which operates WLBT and WDBD television stations in the Jackson area, has yet to reach a retransmission agreement with DISH Network as the deadline nears. The companies have until July 31 to reach an agreement or DISH must discontinue the stations’ signals.
Media General, meanwhile, which owns WJTV, last week provided DISH with a 90-day extension for its current retransmission agreement that was set to expire June 30.
WLBT is the NBC affiliate in Jackson, while WDBD carries the FOX network. WJTV is the CBS affiliate.
Television stations must periodically reach retransmissions agreements with cable and satellite companies that serve the market. Without those agreements, companies cannot legally retransmit the signal. In the DISH’s case with Raycom and Media General, it could mean discontinuing the programming until an agreement.
“As we continue to work toward an equitable agreement with DISH, we have chosen to protect our viewers from a loss of signal by extending our current contract,” Jim Conschafter, vice president, broadcast markets for Media General, said in a statement.
“This extension ensures that viewers may continue to watch their local news and lifestyle programs as well as top-rated prime time programming as we continue to do everything we can to negotiate a fair, market-based agreement”
“We are proud of the fact that we have agreements in place with every distributor in our area. Unfortunately we have been unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network.” Raycom said in a news release. “We understand this is frustrating for Dish Network customers and we share their frustration. We are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue with Dish Network.”