Nexstar Gives DISH Third Extension in Retrans Negotiations

By Kevin Eck 

nexstar_304Nexstar Broadcasting has given DISH Network until Midnight on Wednesday, December 10, to agree to terms for the right to broadcast what the station group calls its “highly rated programming.” This is DISH’s third extension in the two month retrans negotiations between the two.

The retrans agreement covers 60 local stations in 46 markets.

DISH recently reached a carriage agreement with CBS. The Huffington Post reported the blackout between the two lasted about 12 hours, starting at 7:00 pmET Friday.


In a press release, DISH said in addition to extending DISH’s right to broadcast CBS owned local TV stations, Showtime Video-on-Demand and authentication rights for Showtime Anytime, the two companies said they agreed to drop all pending litigation between the two.

The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. As part of the accord, DISH’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.