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Gannett and Dish reach agreement

McLEAN, Va. — Dish and Gannett said Monday that they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 was among 19 local TV stations owned by Gannett Broadcasting that were caught up in the dispute. Ch. 10 had been updating viewers on the status of the dispute and what stations could have been blocked to Dish through text streams.

The companies didn't give further details in announcing their long-term agreement. The old deal had expired early Monday.

Dish Network had claimed that Gannett was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. Gannett has said it was seeking a fair deal in line with market rates.

The two sides also fought over Dish's new digital video recorder, the Hopper, which allows customers to automatically skip commercials from the previous night's prime-time broadcasts. The ad-skipping doesn't work for live television.

Information from Times files was used in this report.

Gannett and Dish reach agreement 10/08/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 6:52pm]
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