Chambers Communications stations could go dark on Dish Network

Regional cable operator Chambers Communications' local ABC TV affiliates may be the next program suppliers to learn that Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) takes a hard stance when it comes to retransmission fees. Or, they could become the next program suppliers to find just a bit more bling in their coffers as a result of a new carriage deal.

It will all be known starting Dec. 15 when the current contract between Chambers affiliates in Medford, Klamath Falls, Eugene and Bend, Ore. expires and "Chambers Communications expects Dish Network to discontinue carriage of its television stations," said a company statement.

Dish, in its own statement, replied that it is "working diligently to negotiate a fair retransmission consent agreement" but that Chambers is "demanding a nearly 500 percent rate increase and unreasonable contract terms."

Sounds like a blackout is more likely than a settlement.

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