Nexstar Warns Of Potential Dish Blackout Amid Contract Talks

Nexstar Warns Of Potential Dish Blackout Amid Contract Talks
Nexstar Media Group on Friday warned of a potential blackout of its programming on Dish Network next week as the two sides negotiate a new distribution deal for the media group’s 164 TV channels. Nexstar, the No. 1 owner of local TV stations in the U.S., is currently available in 120 Dish markets in 42 states.

The two sides are haggling over a new agreement to replace the current one signed in 2016 that allows Dish to carry Nexstar’s network and local programming including its cable network Wgn America, NFL and college football games and content via broadcast partners CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, the CW and MyNet.

The deadline to reach a new deal is 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. Pt) Wednesday. If no agreement is reached, it could mean that Dish’s 9 million-plus satellite customers would lose access.

“Since July, Nexstar has been negotiating tirelessly and in good faith in
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