DISH blacks out 33 stations in Hearst fee fight

Seems to come up like clockwork. Just a few months after DIRECTV was forced to black out Hearst stations due to a conflict dispute, the same stations have disappeared for DISH viewers. Luckily, those channel blackouts seem to end quickly when Hearst in concerned, but this is not even the first time this has happened on DISH. In fact, I wrote about it last time, three years ago. So what gives?

I think it’s great that it seems like these channel blackouts end quickly, but if the two parties were so close to resolution, why did the blackout happen in the first place? That doesn’t make any sense to me. The one common factor seems to be Hearst itself – look out on the internet and you’ll see evidence of blackout after blackout. You have to wonder if they even start negotiating until after the channel goes dark. Some sources are reporting that there was an actual 48-hour extension — they get credit for that — but after that expired at midnight local time Thursday/Friday, the stations were pulled from DISH.

And you know, it’s not DISH’s doing. They can’t legally carry a station without consent from the owners, so they had no choice but to black out stations.

Anyway, let’s hope this blackout is as short as others have been. To tide you over, here’s the list from Wikipedia of Hearst-owned stations. If you’re affected by this, you might want to consider getting an over-the-air antenna. Honestly, this sort of thing is just going to happen again and you may as well be prepared.

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Owned Since Network Affiliation
Birmingham – Tuscaloosa – Anniston, AL WVTM-TV 13 (13) 2014 NBC
Fort Smith – Fayetteville – Rogers, AR KHBS 40 (21) 1996 ABC
The CW (DT2)
Sacramento – Stockton – Modesto KCRA-TV 3 (35) 1999 NBC
KQCA 58 (46) 2000 MyNetworkTV
Salinas – Monterey – Santa Cruz, CA KSBW 8 (8) 1998 NBC
ABC (DT2)
Daytona Beach – Orlando – Clermont, FL WESH 2 (11) 1999 NBC
WKCF 18 (17) 2006 The CW
Lakeland – Tampa – St. Petersburg, FL WMOR-TV 32 (19) 1996 Independent
Tequesta – West Palm Beach, FL WPBF 25 (16) 1997 ABC
Savannah, Georgia WJCL 22 (22) 2014 ABC
Des Moines KCCI 8 (8) 1999 CBS
Louisville WLKY 32 (26) 1999 CBS
New Orleans WDSU 6 (43) 1999 NBC
Poland Spring – Portland, ME WMTW 8 (8) 2004 ABC
Baltimore WBAL-TV ** 11 (11) 1948 NBC
Boston WCVB-TV 5 (20) 1986 ABC
Jackson, Mississippi WAPT 16 (21) 1995 ABC
Kansas City, Missouri KMBC-TV 9 (29) 1982 ABC
KCWE 29 (31) 2006 1 The CW
Omaha KETV 7 (20) 1999 ABC
Manchester, New Hampshire WMUR-TV 9 (9) 2001 ABC
Albuquerque – Santa Fe KOAT-TV 7 (7) 1999 ABC
Plattsburgh, N.Y. – Burlington, VT WPTZ 5 (14) 1998 NBC
The CW (DT2)
Winston-Salem – Greensboro –
High Point
WXII-TV 12 (31) 1999 NBC
Cincinnati WLWT 5 (35) 1997 NBC
Oklahoma City KOCO-TV 5 (7) 1997 ABC
Lancaster – Harrisburg –
York – Lebanon
WGAL 8 (8) 1999 NBC
Pittsburgh WTAE-TV 4 (51) 1958 ABC
Greenville – Spartanburg – Asheville – Anderson WYFF 4 (36) 1999 NBC
Hartford, VT – Hanover, N.H. WNNE
(semi-satellite of WPTZ)
31 (25) 1998 NBC
Milwaukee WISN-TV 12 (34) 1955 ABC