DISH Network dropped WWNY TV/7 News and WNYF/Fox 28 from its service, effective Thursday.
DISH stopped carrying the two stations after a nine day extension of an agreement between DISH and WWNY's parent company expired early Thursday morning.
DISH and WWNY's parent company haven't reached agreement on a new contract to replace an agreement that expired at the end of July.
The financial part of the deal was settled some weeks ago; the companies are at odds over contract language.
DISH is demanding that WWNY/WNYF accept contract language that would violate contracts for the programming the stations carry from various sources including the CBS and FOX networks, said Ken Dowdell, vice-president of United Communications Corp., the Kenosha, Wisconsin-based company that owns WWNY.
DISH is seeking terms that would put WWNY at odds with CBS and Fox, its networks, Dowdell said.
"We have contracts with network partners that DISH wants us to trample. DISH doesn't provide the programs you want, those partners do," Dowdell said.
Dowdell emphasized that it was DISH's choice, not WWNY's, to pull the stations from its service. It is not what the stations want, he said.
DISH's customers can call the company's customer service line, 1-855-318-0572, to ask that DISH restore their local channels.
As well, DISH customers have other options, including DIRECT TV, Time Warner cable and other cable companies, and for free, using an antenna.
"DISH would have some people believe we've folded up our tent and left the North Country," Dowdell said.
"We're on the air doing the community service we've done for 50 years. We're on cable, We're on DirecTV. DISH is what's wrong with this picture."
Some links you might find useful if you're a DISH subscriber, and thinking about using an antenna to get WWNY/WNYF:
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