Dish: TV Stations Seeking 200% Fee Hike

According to Multichannel News, Dish Network, the satellite TV provider, is telling the Federal
Communications Commission that large cash demands by TV stations could
lead to carriage disputes early next year on the eve of the transition
to all-digital broadcasting.

Dish Network officials met with aides to FCC chairman Kevin Martin on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 to urge the agency’s adoption of a so-called quiet period in which TV stations would remain on cable systems and satellite TV
platforms around the time of the Feb. 17, 2009 digital TV transition.

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