Dish drops WGAL-TV
Satellite television provider Dish has stopped offering WGAL-TV in the York County area as the two sides continue to work on a new contract.
According to a news release from Hearst Television Inc., WGAL-TV's parent company, negotiations over the renewal of a retransmission consent agreement recently broke down.
Dish was seeking to carry the station below market rate, according to Hearst Television, which said it had extended the negotiations 48 hours to March 3 in hopes of reaching an agreement.
"We regret the inconvenience Dish's demands have imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments," said Kyle Grimes, president and general manager of WGAL.
Dish and WGAL-TV representatives could not be reached for further comment Sunday.
WGAL is an NBC affiliate, meaning Yorkers with Dish will go without shows such as "The Blacklist," "Chicago Fire" and "The Tonight Show."
This is the second recent disruption for WGAL viewers.
DirecTV customers were without the channel for nearly a week in January as the company negotiated with Hearst over a new carrier agreement.
Like then, the station is now reminding viewers that they can receive the station for free through an antenna. Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed by visiting www.antennaweb.org.