A contract dispute between DISH Network and Raycom Media has led to the loss of CBS and NBC channels for DISH customers in Hawaii, according to an announcement.
The channels carry "Hawaii News Now," among other programming. The dispute affects KGMB Channel 9, the CBS affiliate in Hawaii, and KHNL Channel 13, the NBC affiliate. Also affected are MyNetwork TV K5 on KFVE Channel 5.
"We are ready to listen to a fair proposal from Raycom to bring this impasse to a swift end," said Sruta Vootukuru, DISH director of programming. "Unfortunately, the broadcaster has not been willing to pursue an agreement that would have avoided this disruption of service to our customers and the Raycom viewers. DISH has offered to pay Raycom the same rates as our primary competitors; yet Raycom has stalled negotiations, refusing to accept that fair offer.
"DISH has negotiated hundreds of local retransmission agreements, and on behalf of customers, we hope Raycom will soon agree to terms in line with market standards."
Efforts to contact Raycom officials in Hawaii were unsuccessful late Thursday afternoon.
However, Raycom Media's Chief Executive Officer and President Paul McTear issued a statement that was used as part of a online Business Journal article Thursday.
In the statement, McTear said Raycom has been negotiating with DISH for months.
"We understand this is frustrating for DISH Network customers. We share their frustration, and we are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue," he said.
DISH is based in Englewood, Colo.
Three dozen markets are affected by the loss of the channels on DISH Network, including Honolulu, Cleveland, Cincinnati and numerous locations in Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana and Tennessee.