1. What is happening?
By law, WSOC-TV must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements with only the rarest of disruptions. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to agree to a fair market deal with CMG for WSOC-TV’s programming and services that customers value. DISH has been relying on a series of legal maneuvers and actions to stall negotiations. Despite losing a recent court ruling DISH is still refusing. Because WSOC-TV has yet to secure a deal with DISH, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WSOC-TV, which you rely on and are paying for. We are hopeful DISH will abandon its well-worn path of blacking out TV stations and come to the negotiating table with CMG.
2. As a DISH customer, what can I do to continue to watch my favorite shows on WSOC-TV?
The best thing viewers can do is call DISH at 1-800-333-3474. Tell DISH that you pay them a lot of money to watch your favorite shows on WSOC-TV, including ABC programming and your local news.
3. Why does WSOC-TV charge cable and satellite operators a fee to carry their programming?
Despite what you may have heard, this dispute is not about WSOC-TV seeking large fees. WSOC-TV is among the highest rated channels on DISH. Producing and broadcasting high rated, top-quality programming is very expensive. We invest millions of dollars in our local news, weather, emergency programming and entertainment content. To keep doing that, we need a fair deal from DISH and all our distributors. We have carriage agreements with every other major cable and satellite company that is carrying WSOC-TV and are seeking to be treated fairly by DISH.
5. Won't rates to subscribers go up if DISH has to pay WSOC-TV?
Whether rates go up depends on decisions made by DISH. Like all cable and satellite companies, DISH is already charging you to receive WSOC-TV as part of your monthly bill. We do not control how much DISH pays to other channels or how it manages its business. DISH should stop over-paying for channels its customers watch less and prioritize channels like WSOC-TV, that its subscribers turn to every day. We have and will continue to negotiate with DISH in good faith in an effort to successfully complete a deal with them.
6. Since DISH stopped carrying WSOC-TV, will I get a refund on my bill?
It is up to DISH to resolve such questions with its customers. But you could call DISH at 1-800-333-3474 about a refund and let them know you are no longer getting what you pay for – your favorite newscasts and programming from WSOC-TV.
7. Is there anything the public can do to help make sure that WSOC-TV is back on DISH?
The best way for you to encourage a resolution is to register your support of how important it is for them to carry WSOC-TV by calling DISH at 800-333-3474. You pay DISH a lot of money. It will listen to your voices.
You can also view WSOC-TV Over the Air with an over the air antenna available at retail. Or you can contact and easily switch to any number of other providers that are committed to providing you with all the programming you watch every day:
o DIRECTV: 1-888-777-2454 or www.directv.com
o Comcast: 1-800-934-6489 or www.comcast.com
o Charter/Spectrum Cable: 1-833-694-9256 or 1-855-243-8892 or http://www.spectrum.com
o Verizon FiOS: 1-877-218-8592 or http://fios.verizon.com
o AT&T U-Verse: 1-877-821-6209 or http://www.attsavings.com/
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