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Dish Finding Difficulty Offering Local Signals on Sling TV

Randy Sukow Oct 23, 2015

According to published reports, Dish says that it plans to offer local broadcast signals over its Sling TV online video service, but that it could take some time before it happens. "It's a complicated market," Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said this week during the Next TV Summit in New York, as quoted in an article in Multichannel News. "To some extent, aren't ready."

Lynch indicated that Sling TV is trying to work out national carriage agreements for the broadcast network programming. However, broadcasters are not ready to complete such agreements due to provisions of existing affiliate agreements.

NRTC is preparing for the 2016 launch of OtterTV, an online service designed to serve rural video providers breaking into the over-the-top (OTT) market. Some OtterTV members will be able to provide broadcast network services early because they already have retransmission consent agreements with local affiliates to support their existing cable and IPTV services.

Sling TV’s plan is to provide a “skinny bundle” of a few, highly viewed channels at lower monthly cost than traditional cable and satellite pay TV models. It currently provides its members ESPN, news channels CNN and Headline News, and several popular national networks, such as TBS, TNT, AMC, and Cartoon Network.

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