Gannett Reaches Deal With DISH

Posted on October 8, 2012 

As always with these sort of negotiations, Gannett, the parent company of WMAZ, has reached a deal with DISH Network to keep broadcasting its stations across the nation on the satellite system.

No details about the agreement have been released, but for Middle Georgia subscribers to DISH, it means the continuation of CBS' broadcast signal into the market.

It's a situation that's becoming all the more common as networks and cable/satellite providers play a game of chicken to see who will give way first. And it's not likely going away anytime soon.

For networks especially, with the advent of things like the DVR, commercial revenue isn't as a consistent thing as it once was, so the fees they collect from signal providers become all that more important.

As for the providers, they need the programming. A more obscure network without many viewers might not have leverage in negotiations, but there's no way DISH would have wanted to lose the CBS signal in Middle Georgia, or other networks that Gannett carries in other cities.

So, while that annoying crawl that's been running for the last week on CBS shows here will go away, expect it to pop up again on some other channel regarding some signal provider.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Middle Georgians who subscribe to DISH will be happy that, thanks to the deal, they will be able to catch new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother," "Partners," "Two Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly" from 8-10 p.m., followed by a new "Hawaii Five-0."

ABC has "Dancing With The Stars," followed by "Castle" at 10 p.m., and NBC has "The Voice," followed by "Revolution" at 10 p.m. Fox airs "Bones" and "The Mob Doctor" from 8-10 p.m.

The CW launches the season premieres of "90210" and "Gossip Girl" from 8-10 p.m.

On cable, there's a new "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.), and "Major Crimes" (TNT, 9 p.m.)

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