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Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH Customers in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Markets in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii

Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH Customers in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Markets in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii

10/01/2017

Lilly Broadcasting Blocks Channels to DISH Customers in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Markets in Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii

  • Lilly turns back on public interest obligations during humanitarian crisis –uses catastrophe to create ‘deal leverage’
  • Lilly rejects DISH offer to extend contract, including retroactive ‘true-up’ for new rates, which would keep national news and information available in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands while negotiations continue
  • Broadcaster fees will rise to $12.8 billion by 2023, estimates SNL Kagan

The following is a news release from DISH:

This evening, Lilly Broadcasting blacked out DISH customers’ access to its stations in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and three other markets in New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii after the two companies were unable to establish viable economic terms for a renewed retransmission agreement. The broadcaster is demanding from DISH and, by extension, its customers unreasonable rate increases higher than the current DISH rate. Lilly has also refused DISH’s offer to match the rates paid by other pay-TV providers.

Lilly is blacking out the following stations from DISH customers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

  • One Caribbean Television (Puerto Rico)
  • WSEEP-TV (CBS, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • WENY-VI (ABC, U.S. Virgin Islands)

“Lilly is further blinding the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands at this time, showing an unbelievable lack of compassion,” said Warren Schlichting, executive vice president of Marketing, Programming and Media Sales. “During this humanitarian crisis, it’s critical for people to have access to more information, not less, whether one home or 10,000 can access these stations.”

These stations are among the few broadcast sources that offer national news and information from the continental U.S. to DISH customers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. DISH offered a short-term contract extension to Lilly that would include a retroactive true-up when new rates are agreed upon, and would preserve the ability of DISH customers to access Lilly’s stations while negotiations continued. The true-up would ensure that Lilly is made whole at the new rates for the period of any contract extension.

“DISH offered to extend the contract, but Lilly rejected it,” said Schlichting. “Lilly had nothing to lose and consumers had everything to gain by accepting our extension and leaving the channels up.”

Lilly is blacking out the following stations from DISH customers:

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