McLEAN, Va. – Dish and Gannett said Monday that they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities, including Buffalo, without access to local television stations owned by Gannett.
The companies didn’t give further details in announcing their long-term agreement. The old deal had expired early Monday.
Dish Network Corp. had claimed that Gannett Co. was asking for a 300 percent increase in fees for the right to carry 22 Gannett stations affiliated with NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox.
Gannett has said it was seeking a fair deal in line with market rates.
Gannett owns WGRZ-TV, channel 2, in Buffalo.
The two sides also fought over Dish’s new digital video recorder, the Hopper, which allows customers to automatically skip commercials from the previous night’s prime-time broadcasts.
After consumers switch on the service, their playback of recorded programming from the four network broadcasters excludes the advertisements that were recorded. The ad-skipping doesn’t work for live television.
Dish has its headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Gannett, which is based in McLean, Va., owns such stations as KUSA-TV in Denver, WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WUSA-TV in Washington.
Gannett’s stock fell 25 cents, or 1.36 percent, to $18.167 Monday. Dish’s stock was unchanged at $32.12.