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The latest train dispute affecting Dish and Sling customers: a fight with Scripps Media which means a blackout of WEWS for customers of two services in Northeast Ohio.

The outage began on Saturday night, July 25, and Dish said it had an impact on local channels in 42 markets in 31 states. Dish, best known for playing hard with media companies, said in a statement that Scripps rejected his offer “to match the prices paid by other pay TV providers” for the same channel.

“To be clearer, Scripps chose to eliminate viewers,” Andy LeCuyer, senior vice president of the Dish program, said in a statement released to the media.

Scripps, not surprisingly, tells a different story.

Brian Lawlor, president of local media Scripps, said Dish refused “to negotiate a fair agreement.”

He added that the dispute, “after five months of discussion, was not about the rate that Dish paid to us, but their inability to agree to other distribution terms.”

Normally, we have two reactions to this type of contention: Customers are always the ones suffering (first by power cuts, often followed by increases in cable, satellite or streaming bills), and disputes will be resolved soon.

However, it’s usually not that simple with Dish.

The provider was also involved in a dispute with the NFL which had resulted in the NFL Network and Red Zone outages, and his fight with Sinclair has been taking place since July 2019. The latest fight began with Fox Sports and made a purchase by Sinclair over Fox’s regional sports network network that included Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio.

A year later, the network is still not available on Dish and Sling.

Dish also briefly fought with Fox over the transportation costs for the main Fox network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network last fall.

The latest fight with Scripps affects NBA fans who are excited about returning this week’s basketball season. WEWS, as a regional ABC affiliate, will air several regular season contests, as well as the NBA Finals. (In certain years, outages will affect Brown’s pre-season games on WEWS, but on the network lose on all broadcast shows this season because the NFL canceled the preseason.)

The coming NBA start, plus the two parties is likely to approach an agreement before the outage starts, is mentioned by TV Answer Man as a reason to hope that Dish’s fight will end soon.

This dispute seems to have led more to the route of the carriage fights (difficult talks, followed by a rather quick resolution) than was the Dish-Sinclair standoff, but Dish can be far more predictable in such matters.

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