Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed, and it's not clear what the dispute was about.
According to Hearst TV, Dish was seeking terms "that we don't have in our deals with any other cable or satellite distributor or telco, nor do we have them in our current deal with Dish." The broadcast group did not specify what those terms were. "Apparently, Dish does not have a problem with rates, so it is hard to understand why Dish is holding subscribers and viewers hostage over terms that are radically off-market," the broadcasting company said.
In a previous statement, Dish didn't shed any light on what it was seeking from Hearst TV, either. "Hearst blacked out its channels to use viewers as bargaining chips as it makes unreasonable demands on Dish and its customers," Dish exec VP Dave Shull said in a statement. "We offered to keep the channels on while we try to reach a deal, but Hearst refuses to put viewers first."
Dish has been involved in a disproportionate share of retrans fights with broadcasters. Media General stations in 17 markets were dark on the satcaster for 47 days last fall, before the parties inked a deal. That was after the satcaster in August lost access to 53 TV stations owned by Raycom Media in 36 markets for eight days before resolving the standoff over fees.
In another high-profile retrans fight, Time Warner Cable suffered a 32-day blackout of CBS stations in New York, L.A. and Dallas as well as the loss of Showtime and other CBS-owned cablers nationwide.
Hearst Television's 29 TV stations reach approximately 18% of U.S. TV households. The company owns 13 ABC affiliated stations, 10 NBC affiliates and two CBS affiliates.
The 25 markets where Hearst TV operates are: Albuquerque, N.M.; Baltimore; Boston; Burlington, Vt.; Cincinnati; Des Moines, Iowa; Ft. Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Honolulu; Jackson, Miss.; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Milwaukee; Monterey-Salinas, Calif.; New Orleans; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland-Auburn, Maine; Sacramento, Calif.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.