YAKIMA, Wash. — Without a last-minute agreement, it appears likely local DISH Network subscribers won’t be able to watch the Seattle Seahawks’ NFL playoff game Sunday in their homes.
A contract dispute between Northwest Broadcasting, the parent of local Fox affiliate KCYU Fox 41, and DISH Network continues, with the sticking point being payments retroactive to when their old contract expired in 2009, Northwest Broadcasting said in a news release.
The dispute has caused a blackout of Fox programs for DISH subscribers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho since Nov. 26.
A similar disagreement caused a disruption of Fox programming for subscribers of DirecTV last year. That dispute was settled in October.
The Northwest Broadcasting statement issued Thursday said the two sides remain apart on what DISH will pay to carry Fox programming for the period since the old agreement expired.
“DISH Network’s subscribers and FOX 41’s viewers have suffered for nearly seven weeks,” Northwest Broadcasting President Brian Brady said in the news release. “I regret that this disruption to their viewing habits appears to have no end.”
The release said Northwest Broadcasting has entered into agreements with 13 other video providers with similar terms to those that are now a sticking point with DISH.
A response from DISH was not available Friday.