More midnight oil burning for Dish: Nexstar sets 12 a.m. deal deadline

Plunging new frontiers of exhaustion, Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) program licensing team finds itself in another down-to-the-wire retrans renewal negotiation, with Nexstar Broadcasting Group granting a third extension to the satellite operator Tuesday as talks continue.

The extension keeps 60 Nexstar stations in 46 markets on Dish through 12:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"For over two months, Nexstar has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with Dish and Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached without a service interruption to viewers in affected markets," Nexstar said in a statement released Tuesday.

An impasse over retransmission renewal between Dish and CBS Corp. culminated Friday in a blackout that kept CBS-owned stations and Showtime off the satellite service through the wee hours on Saturday morning, when a new long-term deal was finally carved out.

Separately, Dish is also bogged down in talks with Turner Networks and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) regional sports networks over long-term agreements.

Reportedly complicating Dish's negotiations is the aggressive push the operator is making for over-the-top rights.

For more:
- read this Nexstar Broadcasting Group press release
- read this TV News Check story

Related links
Dish renews CBS deal, but fails to get rights for OTT service
CBS keeps channels on Dish as negotiations continue
CBS to Dish: No more extensions, you have until Thursday
Dish avoids Comcast RSN blackout, but another CBS extension is still pending
CBS and Dish still talking, sign another extension agreement
CBS gives 'short term extension' to Dish; satellite operator now in showdown with Comcast Sports, too
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