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Gannett and DISH Reach Agreement

Gannett released a simple one sentence statement announcing an agreement with DISH Network this morning:

“Gannett and DISH Network have reached an agreement regarding DISH Network’s continued retransmission of Gannett stations.”

Midnight last night was the deadline before viewers in 19 cities would lose access to the Gannett owned ABC, NBC, CBS and MyNetworkTV stations on the satellite TV provider’s network.  Carriage continued into the overnight hours before an agreement was made this morning. No details of the pact have been released.

The sticking point was the use of the auto hop function known as “The Hopper,” a feature allowing viewers to skip commercials on recorded programming which could adversely affect revenue for stations.

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