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KSBY goes dark for Dish subscribers as negotiations continue

Dish Network and Cordillera Communications, owner of KSBY-TV, were in negotiations over the fee the satellite company pays Cordillera to retransmit its signals.
Dish Network and Cordillera Communications, owner of KSBY-TV, were in negotiations over the fee the satellite company pays Cordillera to retransmit its signals. The Associated Press

KSBY went dark for Dish Network subscribers Thursday after the satellite provider and KSBY’s owner, Cordillera Communications, failed to reach an agreement on retransmission terms.

The companies have been in negotiations for months over issues such as the fee the satellite company must pay Cordillera to retransmit its signals, according to a news release distributed by Cordillera.

The previous agreement expired at 10 a.m. Thursday, after Cordillera said it offered a week extension from the original Dec. 31 deadline.

KSBY, an NBC affiliate, serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The companies are continuing negotiations toward a new agreement.

The blackout affects 13 stations across the country. Cordillera has viewers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Kentucky, Montana and Texas who are affected by the dispute, according to the news release.

“Unfortunately, Dish Network has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with Cordillera even as we offer terms similar to those of existing agreements with every other cable and satellite provider,” Terrance Hurley, president of Cordillera Communications, said in the release.

Representatives from Dish Network were unavailable for comment Thursday.

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