As of January 10, 2019, at 7 p.m., KTVN is no longer being carried on DISH Network. That is because DISH Network and KTVN have reached an impasse in negotiating a renewal of the agreement that provides for carriage of the station on DISH Network’s satellite system. We had hoped to avoid this situation; however, our negotiations with DISH have been unsuccessful. 

We had granted DISH several extensions in the hopes of concluding a new deal with DISH, but little progress was made. While we had hoped to conclude a new agreement without disruption, DISH has continued to undervalue our station, including the important role we perform during major news and weather events. KTVN is merely asking for the same kinds of terms and conditions, including compensation, that we have in agreements with other cable and satellite providers.

Roughly every three years, we negotiate with cable and satellite companies to carry our station’s signal. These include video providers such as DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, and many other cable systems. Those providers recognize the value of our award-winning local news, weather, and sports programming, as well as highly rated CBS programming, including The Super Bowl, NFL Playoffs, The Grammys, Big Bang Theory, Survivor, and more.  

You can still see KTVN on any of those providers. But, until this dispute is resolved, DISH customers will not see that programming on DISH.

As a DISH customer, we know you are frustrated with this situation. Unfortunately, when we are involved in a business situation like this, it impacts you.  That part is very difficult for us because that is the last thing we want to happen. We want our programming to be there for you; and, right now, our programming is not available on DISH Network. For that, we apologize.

KTVN is owned by a small, family-owned company. Our station cannot and will not be pressured into making bad business decisions by DISH, a multi-billion-dollar company. Making such bad business decisions would be wrong for our station—and our viewers—as it would negatively impact our ability to produce the local news, sports and severe weather coverage, as well as provide CBS network shows, that you have come to expect and depend upon from our station. The fees we receive from cable and satellite companies, such as DISH, are used to help us pay the salaries of our employees who live right here in our community, and to pay for CBS Network and other programming costs.

Please know that we would end this impasse today if DISH would get reasonable with its demands, but, so far, they have failed to do so. Given DISH’s unreasonable positions, we are not hopeful this impasse will be resolved quickly. 

Thank you for your support.


What is this all about?
A federal law first enacted in 1992 allows television stations to negotiate the terms of carriage, including compensation, from multichannel video programming distributors such as DISH Network. KTVN and DISH were in the process of negotiating a renewal of their previous agreement that granted DISH the right to carry the station as part of its programming packages. That agreement expired earlier last year, and KTVN offered DISH multiple extensions to attempt to complete a new deal. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to move forward with DISH, little progress was made.

Why can't you reach an agreement?
DISH has refused to negotiate appropriate market value retransmission compensation for KTVN. DISH believes that it should pay far less than every other video provider for our highly rated and award-winning news, weather coverage, and CBS network programming such as The Super Bowl, NFL Playoffs, The Grammys, Big Bang Theory, Survivor, and more.

Why should DISH have to pay to carry television stations that are available for free over the air?
KTVN is available over the air for free to our viewers; but our signal is not free to subscriber-based services such as DISH Network that repackage our signals and sell them to their subscribers at a profit. In fact, the law requires DISH Network to obtain a retransmission consent agreement to carry our station and to negotiate in good faith with us in exchange for granting our consent.

Are these disputes common with DISH?
Unfortunately, yes. Over the past several years, DISH has had disputes with hundreds of local television stations. Even right now, DISH is in disputes with other local stations in other areas. Many of the stations are small, family-owned broadcasters like ourselves. While the length of these disputes has varied, DISH has had some disputes that have lasted for months.  

How can I find your station?
KTVN continues to be available over the air with an antenna and is also available on all other multichannel video programming distributors in the area, including DIRECTV, Charter Spectrum, AT&T U-verse, and many other cable systems.  It also can be streamed through OTT services CBS All Access, Sony VUE, Hulu and Fubo.

What can I do to help get KTVN back on DISH?
The best thing you can do is to let DISH Network know how much you value KTVN and that they need to keep local channels like KTVN on their system to retain you as a customer. DISH Network can be reached at (800) 333-3474.
Can I contact KTVN?
Yes, of course. We encourage our viewers to give us input and allow us to answer your questions. Our offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, except for holidays. If we are not here, leave a message and we will call you back. Our office number is 775-858-2222. We look forward to talking with any DISH subscriber one-on-one and sharing our side of the story.