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Fisher and DISH Resolve Retrans Differences

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Fisher Communications and DISH Network finally resolved their differences for the distribution of 10 Fisher TV stations in seven markets.

As part of the multi-year agreement, announced Thursday (June 11), the ongoing litigation between the two parties was ended.

The 10 Fisher stations in markets such as Seattle and Portland, Ore., have been dark on the satellite TV service since Dec. 17. During the dispute, Fisher accused DISH of reneging on a retransmission reached in principle and filed a $1 million breach of contract lawsuit. The broadcaster even took to the radio airwaves to make its case.

"We are pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Fisher to return these channels to our subscribers," said Charlie Ergen, chairman, president and CEO of DISH Network.
DISH restored the stations on its service June 10.