The weeklong retransmission consent dispute between Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) and LIN Media has ended: The two sides reached agreement and the 27 LIN signals blacked out in 17 Dish markets returned to consumer screens.
Of course, neither side released terms of the agreement, with LIN issuing a news release that called it "fair" and both combatants taking time to, as Dish Network put it in its news release, "appreciate the patience our customers have shown during this time."
Also noticeably missing from the settlement news is how many of those subscribers were asked to be patient as they lost the local affiliates of CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC and the CW in their various markets. As a dispute, the battle between LIN and Dish was relatively civilized with each side blaming the other (of course) but keeping the name calling at an almost civil level once the blackout began.
- see this news release
- and this news release
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