The satellite service has seen its subscriber numbers erode from 14 million in 2011 to about 11.3 million in 2020. Dish does not release subscriber numbers for specific metro areas but if Atlanta is proportionally represented, that means Dish has around 200,000 subscribers in metro Atlanta.
Tegna released a statement after the blackout began: “Dish has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms we’ve used to reach deals with numerous other providers that reflect the current market. While Dish is one of our smaller distributors, we regret any inconvenience for any of our customers, and hope that Dish will come back to the table to get a deal done to return our valuable programming to their system.”
Dish said Tegna is being the greedy one. “We made a fair offer to keep Tegna stations available to our customers, but Tegna rejected it, forcing the removal of its channels,” said Brian Neylon, group president, DISH TV. “Tegna is looking to sell its stations to the highest bidder and is simply trying to exploit Dish customers as a way to get the maximum price and further fatten their wallets.”