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TV blackout possible for DISH customers

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 12:17 p.m. HST, Jul 02, 2013

Hawaii News Now, comprising CBS and NBC broadcast network affiliates KGMB-TV and KHNL-TV, as well as KFVE-TV, is advising viewers who subscribe to DISH Network satellite service that a possible blackout is a month away.

HNN and DISH have been unable to reach agreement on retransmission consent, contracts for which call for cable and satellite systems to pay broadcast channels to retransmit their programming.

A message on the HNN website says, “Since July 1, 2013 (Monday), we have been working to resolve this matter, but so far have been unable to reach an agreement with DISH Network for the continued carriage of KGMB, KHNL and KFVE. This is particularly disappointing because all the other TV providers in our area have agreements with us and those agreements are fundamentally similar to the one we have been negotiating with DISH Network.”

Identical language can be found on the websites of other stations owned by Alabama-based Raycom Media, which all would be covered under the same retransmission consent agreement.

Should the two companies fail to reach a so-called retrans agreement, KGMB, KHNL and KFVE will be blacked out for DISH subscribers.

A blackout of KHON-TV on Oceanic Time Warner Cable was recently averted when a similar contract dispute was resolved by parent companies LIN Media and Time Warner Cable at nearly the last minute.

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allie wrote:
greed city
on July 2,2013 | 11:04AM
1local wrote:
just watch the news on the internet...
on July 2,2013 | 11:46AM
maafifloos wrote:
No loss, just watch other channels. They have poor newscasters, especially the women. They wanna entertain, always laughing. Can't speak without without laughing. Very annoying.
on July 2,2013 | 12:31PM
awahana wrote:
I am a cord cutter so no bodda me... :D
on July 2,2013 | 12:32PM
jasurace wrote:
Actually, I'm puzzled because satellite providers are hit with a thing called the "must-carry" law, which requires them to carry all local channels (if they carry any). The flip side is that local stations cannot charge the provider for re-transmission. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Must-carry .
on July 2,2013 | 01:12PM
dlum003 wrote:
This is all about the network's unabated greed, they overcharge distributors like Dish, DirecTV, Time Warner, etc. horribly for their programming. THEN they have the gall to use their access to the public to post manipulative bald face lies, like they're the sole champions of good causes. They're extortionists and not much else. Watch, Blangiardi's mouth will be running like Akaka Falls if the carriage deal falls through ... as he always does.
on July 2,2013 | 02:56PM
adri1456 wrote:
Here's your options: OTA (Over The Air) TV from Oceanic; or get a $99 Roku 3 box and install the Nowhere TV app, which has the KGMB/HNN channel (looks like it's a live stream from their website).
on July 2,2013 | 05:25PM
bender wrote:
So this means that the advertisers who use HNN will be cut off from viewers. I wonder if HNN has apprised their advertisers of a reduced viewer count, and lowered their rates accordingly.
on July 3,2013 | 05:28AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I'd rather see those channels leave rather than having to put up with skyrocketing fees. Guess what? Oceanic's fees will go up to make up for the costs of transmitting KHNL. And the cycle keeps going and going until you are left wondering why your cable bill is almost two hundred dollars a month.
on July 3,2013 | 08:24AM
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